As if any politician really cares about the deficit. But expect pro-abortion politicians to use this CBO report to disparage Republicans who signed on to H.R. 1797, the bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. All of a sudden, they’ll claim that Republicans want to add to the national debt just so they can “control” women’s bodies. I’m sure they’d throw in how “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” these Republicans are to do such a thing.
Here’s how the CBO came to its conclusion:
“Depending on the number of additional births under H.R. 1797, such Medicaid costs could range from about $75 million over the next 10 years to more than $400 million over that period… [A]bout three-quarters of the abortions that would occur 20 weeks or more after fertilization under current law would instead occur earlier, and the remaining one-quarter would not occur so those pregnancies would be taken to term. Because the costs of about 40 percent of all births are paid for by the Medicaid program, CBO estimates that federal spending for Medicaid will rise to the extent that enacting H.R. 1797 results in additional births and deliveries relative to current law. In addition, some of those children would themselves qualify for Medicaid and possibly for other federal programs as well.”
I don’t necessarily doubt the CBO report. On the off chance that the bill was actually signed into law, I’m sure there would be some noticeable uptick in federal expenditures associated with childbirth and child healthcare over the course of a decade, however miniscule.
It would only affect the deficit, because we live in a welfare state. Our country has largely bought into the idea that the government needs to take care of us from cradle to grave. More than 58 million people rely on Medicaid, and many more will sign up once Obamacare takes full effect next year.