Lawmaker hopes to save babies by mandating simple newborn screening test

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  • Pro Life Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 10:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Spreading the News Alpine, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    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.

  • crawfordzoo Barstow, CA
    Feb. 12, 2013 2:51 a.m.

    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.

  • HMMMMMMM Sandy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    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 baby.

  • The Jimmer Okemos, MI
    Feb. 11, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    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.