March 25, 2017
(Photo credit Kaiser Family Foundation)
I came across an interesting article today (CNSnews.com) regarding the number of babies born in the US on Medicaid. The headline read: “In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%” The numbers were staggering, so my first impression, which I believe is propagating at a very high rate, is that this article MUST be fake news put out by the conservatives to push an agenda. So I took to google to see how varied these statistics were. The second page I hit was the Kaiser Family Foundation. They had interactive maps and a percentage bar and showed the same statistics. So, to make this totally legit, I ventured to the CDC.gov site. They also had a nice fancy pie chart. The data on the government site was slightly outdated, by 17 YEARS, but showed that among the 33 states involved in collecting this data, 44.9% of babies were born on the taxpayer’s tab.
(Photo courtesy of the CDC)
According to the Census Bureau’s decennial census, the U.S. population is growing by approximately 3.3 million per year. That being said, we can extrapolate that the above, more current percentages are well within the parameters of accurate. The highest number of government born babies goes to New Mexico with a whopping 72% and the lowest goes to New Hampshire at 27%. Coming in at a very close second is, of all places, Utah; a mere 31% of all babies born, are welfare babies. That statistic kinda shocked me a bit…why? Because I suppose of the blatantly obvious! Ok, so I am a judger and obviously, a stereotyper! When someone says, Utah, I automatically think of Mormons…men with many wives and lots & lots of kids. Am I wrong? I am thinking, good grief, with all those Mormons, having all those kids, being the religious fanatics that they are painted to be, how in the world could these people NOT be expelling babies through the government’s loins? Maybe I was wrong! Maybe they don’t have tons of kids, perhaps per headcount, they are low in the birth rate statistics. Nope, I wasn’t wrong…shocking I know! According to the “Business Insider” and their collected information from the CDC; “In raw numbers, of course, most babies are born each year in the most populous states: California, Texas, New York, and Florida. But when adjusted by population, the rate of births is the highest in Utah, with 17.6 births per 1,000 people — significantly higher than the national rate of 12.5.”
I guess what happens in Utah, stays in Utah! Does anyone else find this revelation slightly interesting? Of all the states, with the exclusion of New Hampshire (they don’t really count, except for primaries) the one with the most moral convictions, the most children born each year has the lowest rate of welfare babies? And then, to conceive a question; why are there 3 states that border Utah that has well over 50% of their babies pushed from the womb into the hands of Uncle Sam? We all know there is an obvious reason for this, but no one really wants to admit it…Adios, my friends, have a great day!
Daniella Cross is the Guardian of 4Earth and the featured writer.
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