Having a baby is already a costly expense in the United States. Referencing a January 2013 report by Truven, the New York Times reported, "The average total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section, with commercial insurers paying out an average of $18,329 and $27,866."
The new GOP health bill is an amended version of the AHCA, which is intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Though House GOP leaders pulled the AHCA from the floor of the House of Representatives without a vote on March 24 due to widespread opposition among conservatives and moderates, the new version of the bill was passed by the House on Thursday, May 4. The “Final vote was 217-213, with 20 Republicans and all Democrats opposing the bill,” reported CNN.
Next the bill will head to the Senate, where Trump is confident the bill will pass. "This is a great plan. I actually think it will get even better. This is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it," Trump said at a celebratory White House appearance with House Republicans.
If Donald Trump's health plan goes into effect, added costs would make the expense of pregnancy even greater. This may make those who want to become parents or add another member to the family take pause to be sure they can truly afford it. And for those pregnant already, this plan could make upcoming hospital bills far larger than anticipated.
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