HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Republicans say they want to jettison the maternity coverage requirement, which is part of the ACA’s list of 10 ‘essential’ benefits. It’s a valuable benefit, and removing it outright won’t be easy since it would take complicated maneuvering in the Senate to do so. It remains intact in the bill moving through Congress, but that is due to budget rules, not because Republicans want to keep it.
The total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care ranges widely but averaged about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a cesarean section, with commercial insurers paying out an average of $18,329 and $27,866.
Still, the idea of the federal government requiring insurers to offer types of coverage is anathema to many Republicans, who assert it interferes with companies’ and patients’ choice.”

-Julie Rovner, “Families to pay price if maternity coverage gets cut in GOP’s health care plan,” CNN Money, CNN.com, March 13, 2017