Posted by: Donna
The AZ Republic reports the shocking news that 53% of births are covered by Medicaid.
The share of births paid for by Medicaid has been rising steadily since 1990. That growth hit a significant milestone in 2003 as it passed 50 percent, meaning that state-funded births outnumbered for the first time the number paid for by parents or their insurance companies.
The share has since continued to inch higher. In 2011, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid program, paid for 53 percent of the state’s 84,979 births, while private insurance paid for 42 percent, according to state statistics. The remainder were paid for by individuals.
They found it necessary to let you know what percentage of the mothers are *gasp* unmarried.
Naturally some right wing windbag from the lege is asked what he thinks of it.
“I had no idea that the number had grown to that ridiculous level,” said Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “That’s shocking and depressing.”
Why so sad, John Kavanagh? Aren’t you glad the women didn’t get abortions?
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