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NYTimes Headline on Article on Health Care Bill Lacks One Key Phrase

May 10, 2017

The headline in yesterday’s NYTimes article by Kyla Nguyen lacked a key phrase. Titled “A Health Care Bill That’s Bad for Moms and Babies” needs to include the phrase “AND for the Future of Public Education”. As Ms. Nguyen notes in her article, prenatal and maternity care is crucial for the health and well-being of the child and the parent and lays a foundation that could determine the child’s ultimate destiny. A registered nurse in Fairfax County VA, Ms. Nguyen has seen the positive impact of “Obamacare” on the well-being of infants and mothers and is fearful of how the recently passed replacement for that health care will affect the patients she works with. She writes:

Nearly every day at a hospital there are reminders of how crucial decent maternity care is. When maternal risk factors like sexually transmitted infections, gestational diabetespregnancy-induced hypertension, placental abnormalities, domestic violence and substance abuse aren’t identified, catastrophic outcomes may follow, including long-term disability and death. Studies repeatedly show a higher rate of maternal mortality and neonatal death among women who receive late, inadequate or no prenatal care. What public health studies seldom demonstrate is that lower taxes for the rich and less care improve the general citizenry’s well-being.

And studies also show that the treatment children receive before they set foot in any educational institution is far more crucial than any instruction they receive thereafter. For that reason, “the future of public education” is also at play as the Senate considers what to do with the horrific legislation they have received from their colleagues in the House. Ms. Nguyen, like many who believe that all children deserve the same opportunity as those born into affluence, writes:

Every time I stand in a nursery full of newborns in knit caps, crib cards bearing surnames of every possible origin, I long for the country of their birth to better reflect our democratic value of justice for all.


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