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  •  question: I have not worked in healthcare for (10+ / 0-)

    several years now and also know MCD varies from state to state but I thought MCD did not cover abortions except in 3 narrow cases, namely rape, incest, and endangerment of the mother's life (under the most recent version of the Hyde Amendment).
    This means, if I am reading things correctly, their opposition to providing healthcare to 275,000 residents of the state.  There were 25243 abortions by state residents in 2012.
    I cannot find the stats for how much of Ohio MCD funds go for abortion services but my search engine is clogged with anti-abortion sites including such claims as MCD reimburses $9K for late term abortions, encouraging docs to not do early terminations or claims MCD pays $16K for terminating Downs children, pushing the euthanasia meme.  At the same time, I am very curious to exactly how much the state pays annually for termination of pregnancies vs the amount the state and healthcare providers pay in terms of uncompensated care and acute care which could have been treated much earlier at a much cheaper cost.  I am also wondering how many indigent residents will die if the insurance roll out is delayed vs the number of "babies" this lawsuit will supposedly save.

    After all, it is funny that these groups are very much against termination of pregnancies by the indigent, preferring to reserve the right to abortion to the middle class and wealthy    

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