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| Monday, Aug. 27, 2007

On last Wednesday's "Good Morning America," co-host Chris Cuomo completely glossed over the health care implications of a Canadian mother forced to give birth to identical quadruplets in the United States.

According to Cuomo, Karen Jepp and her husband had to travel 300 miles from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Montana on Aug. 16 because "every neonatal unit in their country was too crowded to handle four preemie births."

Apparently, it didn't occur to Cuomo to wonder why all the hospitals in Canada, a nation with universal health care, were full. During a subsequent "exclusive" interview with Jepp and her husband J.P., Cuomo continued with this unquestioning explanation:

"Toward the very end, it gets even more complicated. ... You know, they're not ready for them at the hospital. Your doctors have to make calls. You have to fly 300 miles to have them."

In fact, The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, reported that Canada's "stretched" national health-care system means "expectant mothers going into labor before 32 weeks gestation (when babies need the highest level of neonatal intensive care) are often sent by air ambulance to hospitals in Washington, Montana, Michigan and New York."

-- Brent Baker, Media Research Center

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