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Gingrich: Pay Pregnant Teens To Stay Healthy

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  1. DisgruntledTunaFan

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    Gingrich: Pay Pregnant Teens To Stay Healthy - News Story - WNEM Saginaw

    LANSING, Mich. -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Michigan should pay pregnant teenagers to take prenatal vitamins and stay healthy so the government avoids expensive costs when babies end up in neonatal intensive care units.

    The Republican also told state senators Wednesday he supports paying poor children to read, and the state should consider paying girls to not get pregnant.

    Gingrich is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation.

    He said politicians and the media spend too much time focusing on the finances of health care.

    Gingrich said more attention must be paid to cultural changes such as requiring students to exercise, putting grocery stores in the inner city and incentivizing people to not smoke.
  2. Patters

    Patters Moderator Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Gingrich is losing it with this stupid idea. How in the world would you monitor a program like this? The liberal solution of free health care and better education are far better than this conservative solution of throwing money at the problem.
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    #12 Jersey

    Yes wait till they're sick and then let the health care kick in at 100 times the cost. Kind of a departure from you're liberal philosphy of eliminating environments that create bigger problems down the road isn't it Patters? Providing preventative medicine is a great idea but I guess it's stupid because it was a conservative that came up with it
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    What a disaster from all sides.
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    Patters Moderator Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Huh, what are you talking about? Gingrich wants to throw money at the problem. I say we improve education and provide free health care. Education and health care almost by definition are preventative. Didn't you know that?
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    #12 Jersey

    "Michigan should pay pregnant teenagers to take prenatal vitamins and stay healthy so the government avoids expensive costs when babies end up in neonatal intensive care units"

    That's what I'm talking about. That's much more than throwing money at the problem. Your "free" health care will cost us a whole lot more to pay for babies in neonatal intensive care units that it would to keep the teenagers healthy with prenatal vitamins
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    No sh!t, man.

    Tell you what, though. Obama really needs to show us if he has any balls right now. He has the "political capital" and now's the time to spend it. He needs to publicly call out idiots like Gingrich, fire Emannuel, and take control of the tornadoes flying around him if he has the will to do so. I think that if he doesn't, he will be a lame duck for 3 years. Something really needs to give.

    What a freakin mess!

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