Medicaid Advertising: Encouraging Dependence?

I was rather taken aback over the weekend; while driving I heard a commercial advertisement for Medicaid.  I don’t know that I’ve ever paid attention to these commercials before, but this one really startled me.  The commercial involved two women talking and one woman mentioning that she is pregnant and worried about how she will support her new child.  The second woman recommends her friend get on Medicaid just like her.  While I like the idea of mothers getting help for their children, I thought it was odd that the state is spending advertising money to encourage people to sign up for Medicaid.  Should we really be encouraging people to become dependent on the state?  While I understand it is a necessity at times for some people, this commercial seemed to suggest a very laissez fare attitude.  That is, it seemed to suggest that women shouldn’t be worried about getting pregnant if they are not economically competent to raise a child, the state will pay for it.  I found the advertizement very disconcerting and irresponsible in general.  Why not spend that advertising money in more a productive manner, like encouraging women to be responsible about childbirth.

Lisa Steffek

About Lisa Steffek

Lisa Steffek is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Lisa completed her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Texas in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an undergraduate, Lisa worked as a research assistant studying child attachment. Lisa also worked for several years at The Settlement Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescent females. Most of the girls at The Settlement Home had been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, and Lisa worked with the girls to teach them life-skills and provided psychological treatment to prepare them for adulthood and the transition to foster homes. Lisa also worked for six years in various academic capacities at the University of Texas, including an undergraduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and undergraduate writing consultant. Lisa has presented papers regarding human development at various academic conferences in the states and abroad, and has had her writing published in an international, academic journal.

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