Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, March 09, 2019

We all know that health care and medical bills in particular have gotten out of hand. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the costs associated with child birth. The cost of having a baby in 2018 can range between $5,000 to $14,500, according to the latest figures. But when you look at the itemized costs, certain things may seem a bit outrageous. Enter a neonatal medical bill that was featured on the homepage of Reddit.com this week. The image appears to show a $40 fee charged to a new father for holding his son. After doing some research, we found that the photo, which lists a $39.35 charge called "SKIN TO SKIN AFTER C-SEC," was first uploaded to the site in 2016. According to the Huffington Post, the pic was posted by Ryan Grassley, a new father at the time. He said that that bill came after his wife Lidia gave birth to their second child. "I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born," Grassley wrote with the original post.

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