This is ridiculous. Current AZ law provides that pregnant women who earn up to 133% of the federal poverty level receive free healthcare for their pregnancies – paid for by the rest of us taxpayers. That’s right, if you make $18,200/yr, you can get pregnant and require everyone else to pay for the costs of having a baby.
Now Republican state senator Barbara Leff wants to increase that limit to 185% of the federal poverty level! And an editorial in the AZ Daily Star criticizes the state legislature for trying to keep this increase down to 150% of the federal poverty level:
“The Legislature and Governor Napolitano must realize how vital this coverage is to our state and raise the income limit as high as possible.”
Huh? Why not just raise the income limit to infinity? That’s what they want, socialized medicine. Whatever happened to responsibility? You get pregnant, you take care of yourself and your family. Apparently now you don’t even need to be “poor” anymore to force taxpayers to pay for your pregnancy. Republicans should not be supporting an increase to force taxpayers to pay for middle class pregnancies. This is socialism at its worst.