A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlighted the explosion of American babies born to welfare families in America. And it does not bode well for our country’s future.
Nearly half of all births in the United States are now paid for by Medicaid. And the trend is growing.
The Kaiser study highlights New Mexico, where an astonishing 72% of all births are paid for by Medicaid. In other words, welfare is exploding in the “Land of Enchantment”.
Not surprisingly, America’s largest state, California, has 50% of all their birth’s paid for by Medicaid, as do other large states like Texas (54%), Florida (50%), New York (51%), and Illinois (50%).
New Hampshire has the distinction of having the fewest babies born into Medicaid, at only 27%.
With the recent expansion of Medicaid under the Obama administration, welfare births have exploded over the last 8 years, and the disturbing numbers continue to grow.
If you are a hard-working taxpayer in America, it costs, on average, over $233,000 to raise a child today. This is why fewer and fewer working Americans are having children. The cost of daycare alone will set you back nearly $1000 per month.
On the other hand, if you are on welfare, your out-of-pocket expenses to raise a child are essentially zero, and you get a raise from the United States government with each new child you bring into the world. Indeed, having children has become a career choice for many mothers.
In some states, collecting welfare benefits is more generous than working as a full-time schoolteacher. Welfare benefits for those living in Hawaii, for example, collect benefits equal to $30 per hour. That’s like getting $60,000 per year.
As every economics student knows, whenever you subsidize something, you get more of it. When you tax something, you get less of it.
In other words, if you subsidize (encourage) bringing another welfare child into the world, you’re going to get more of them. And if you tax (discourage) work and wages, you subtly discourage hard work.
Below are the states with the highest percentage of births paid for by Medicaid.
This is an extremely disturbing trend. As non-working families continue to grow and raise children with non-working values, the demographics of the country change and becomes less productive.
Of course, not every family on Medicaid is a bunch of lazy layabouts. Many people work hard to support their families but still rely on government benefits.
Nonetheless, there is clearly immense fraud and abuse in these enormous government programs. The stories of welfare abuse are ubiquitous, and the problem appears to be growing rapidly.
A country where half the population works to support the other half is a country on the decline.
Does America need comprehensive welfare reform? Why aren’t politicians seriously addressing this issue? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.