Saving babies is a great idea, but mandating that every hospital perform a
specific test sounds a lot like Obamacare. If the test is really that important,
then maybe the health department can target an awareness campaign at hospitals
and birthing centers rather than creating another mandate. That wouldn't
cost much at all and would be far less intrusive.Another option
would be to require hospitals to ask parents if they want it done, then they can
choose if they want to pay for it or not.
Requiring tests at birth have been around long before there was Obamacare....and
with good reason. Parents can already opt out.Sending a baby home
with a hidden heart defect, only to have the child pass away or need much more
costly and much more extensive treatments is worth the $3 dollar test for every
I think mandating this non-invasive test - similar to a blood pressure check -
is a great idea. The newborn is not being poked or prodded. It so simple and can
save so many lives and heart aches.
I think education is the key here. It is not up to government to protect
everyone from everything. Simple education is more like it. Let the parent
decide if they want it.
I am not a big fan of anything government mandated. However, this is such a
small thing and is absolutely unintrusive. I think the cost of this test would
just be included in the general newborn care. Crawfordzoo had a good idea in
comparing this to a blood pressure check. No nurse asks you if you want your
blood pressure checked, they just do it. It's a routine thing that is just
a norm. I really don't see anyone throwing a fit over that test. This test
is even simpler really. It's like putting a bandage on the baby's foot
or hand for a few minutes that has a wire attached to it. No pain and super
easy. Sure they can ask the parents if they want their child oxygen measured but
in my opinion why even bother. Just run the darn test. It can't possibly
cost all that much if anything extra and the parents won't even know the
difference. My daughter had this device attached to one of her feet 24/7 during
her NICU stay and all it did was give me another peace of mind that she was ok.