(ConservativeInsider.org) – Even during her campaign, Vice President Kamala Harris was passionate about improving maternal mortality rates in our nation, particularly with black and indigenous women. Now that she’s in the White House, she announced her “call to action” to improve these birth outcomes, but many people are skeptical just how her $3-billion proposal helps those who need it the most.
On Tuesday, December 7, Harris promoted a maternal safety program she wants to see included in Biden’s Build Back Better plan. It would involve expanding Medicaid coverage for new mothers from two months to one year and creating a new designation for “Birthing-Friendly” hospitals.
KRDO News shared more about what the bill would do:
The bill, which is stalled in the Senate, would provide a historic $3 billion investment in maternal health aimed at diversifying the perinatal workforce and improving data collection among other initiatives. https://t.co/1iypaaAHEh
— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) December 7, 2021
Right now, the United States has the worst maternal mortality rate of any developed, wealthy nation in the world. While this is a clear issue that America must address, pouring more taxpayer money into data collection, postpartum Medicaid, and a new hospital designation that will likely be difficult for rural communities to achieve may not be the way to do this.
It’s good that Harris is passionate about helping women with disproportionate mortality rates, but as of now, her expensive proposal doesn’t seem to address the root cause of the issue.
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