You may not know it—I know I didn’t—but in this age of austerity, 18 states “have cancelled Medicaid funding for circumcisions,” according to Newser.
And the circumcision rate in the U.S. is “down to 55% from 79% three decades ago,” with one study claiming,
that the US health care system could face an additional $4 billion in costs over the next decade if rates continue to fall.
Now, I think that is a small price to pay to cover budget shortfalls resulting from widespread Republican resistance to tax increases. So what, if in the long run, such resistance results in greater costs:
The health benefits of newborn circumcision—including reduced chances of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and the transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV—outweigh the risks, according to a policy statement published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In an update to its 13-year-old policy, reports the AP, the leading pediatricians group stops just short of endorsing the procedure, but does recommend that insurance companies pay for it.
One way or another, all of us must have some skin in the game if America is to survive.