So here’s the plan. Make government fund anything and everything and get everyone all nice and dependent. Make the government so intertwined with our lives that they can actually put a dollar sign on your existence.
You see, that’s not even the controversial part. The worse part is the cost/benefit analysis that must inevitably follow. Once you affix a dollar sign to life, you end up having to haggle for it.
The Congressional Budget Office says legislation the House will pass this week to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy would lead to an increase in the budget deficit of at least $235 million over the next decade, and perhaps as much as half a billion dollars.
The CBO released a report Tuesday for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36, which the House will consider on Thursday. That bill aims to ban abortions after 20 weeks, and is based on evidence that a fetus can feel pain once it reaches that age.
CBO’s report assumes that if the legislation were to become law, about three-quarters of the abortions that might normally happen after 20 weeks would happen earlier, in order to comply with the law.
But it also assumes that the remaining quarter of people who don’t get an earlier abortion would give birth. CBO said that means higher Medicaid costs related to childbirth over a ten-year period.
“Depending on the number of additional births under H.R. 36, such Medicaid costs could range from about $100 million over the next 10 years to nearly $500 million over that period,” CBO said.
CBO settled on an estimate of $235 million.
Hmmm. Where could we make up that kind of money. Hey, I’ve got an idea, how about we cut funding to Planned Parenthood?