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Sun Mar 18, 2012, 01:24 AM

Healthcare resources being wasted on pre-abortion ultrasounds could be better spent....

.... making birth control more affordable so that fewer women will have unplanned pregnancies that require termination.

...on dental care for the millions of Americans on Medicaid who can get their hearts fixed but lose all their teeth.

...on school fitness programs to combat the epidemic of juvenile onset Type 2 diabetes.

...educating young people about the dangers of tobacco.

...handing out condoms to prevent the spread of Hepatitis and HIV.

....providing mental health care to folks BEFORE they decide to go on a wild shooting spree.

....on school meals for kids who do not get enough to eat at home.

Right now, in your Texas city, there is at least one man with excrutiating abdominal pain due to gallstones who can not get his problem diagnosed (much less treated) because there is no law requiring that he be given an ultrasound----and he can not afford to pay for it out of his own pocket.

Right now, in your state, there is a woman with a gynecologic tumor who can not afford the tests that would identify her problem early, before it has spread. Where is the Texas state law that insists that she be given an ultrasound?

Right now, in your neighborhood, there is someone who needs a stress echocardiogram (another kind of ultrasound) to figure out why he is having chest pain. But he doesn't have health insurance, so good luck with that.

If Texas state legislators were really "Pro-Life" they would not turn down federal money to help women get breast and cervical cancer screening. They would not cut Medicaid benefits for cancer patients and disabled children. Their governor would not call for the end of Medicaid---the health insurance program that takes care of so many pregnant women and their children.
The state would not rank near the bottom in percentage of people insured---

Infant mortality rates for some groups in some parts of the state are in the double digits. If Texas legislators love life so god damned much, why aren't they doing more about that?

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Reply Healthcare resources being wasted on pre-abortion ultrasounds could be better spent.... (Original post)
McCamy Taylor Mar 2012 OP
Tx4obama Mar 2012 #1
dkf Mar 2012 #2
Tx4obama Mar 2012 #3

Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sun Mar 18, 2012, 01:34 AM

1. You're missing something here. It will be the WOMEN paying for their own ultrasounds ...

not taxpayer money.

And you can bet that the insurance companies will not cover the cost of the ultrasounds since they will be considered an unnecessary procedure - so like I said before the cost of the ultrasounds will be billed to the WOMEN having them.

So, where exactly is it that you think all that extra money would come from to pay for the things that you've listed in your OP?

I'm curious.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 18, 2012, 09:45 AM

2. Wow do insurance companies really reject ultrasounds for pregnant women?


I can see circumstances where an ultrasound might lead to a decision to terminate a pregnancy if the fetus looks non-viable through the ultrasound.

I don't agree that ultrasounds should be necessary but I'm not sure you have this correct.

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Response to dkf (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 18, 2012, 06:12 PM

3. I do not think I have this wrong, because

transvaginal ultrasounds are not standard procedure for the first few weeks of pregnancy.

We are talking about a pre-abortion transvaginal ultrasound here, not a normal 'jelly on the belly' type.
When the fetus is too small to be detected by the 'jelly on the belly' ultrasound, then a transvaginal type will have to be done.

When 100s/1000s of early pregnancy transvaginal ultrasounds begin to be ordered by doctors I'd put money on it that the insurance companies are going to flag them and decline payment due to them being an unnecessary medical procedure.

Just my opinion

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