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Suleman, whose six older children range in age from 2 to 7, said three of them receive disability payments. She said one is autistic, but she has not disclosed the other youngsters' disabilities, and refused to say how much they get in payments.
In California, a low-income family can receive Social Security payments of up to $793 a month for each disabled child. Three children would amount to $2,379.
The Suleman octuplets' medical costs have not been disclosed, but in 2006, the average cost for a premature baby's hospital stay in California was $164,273, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The average cost for just one cesarean birth in 2006 was $22,762 in California. Eight times that equals $1.3 million.
For a single mother, the cost of raising 14 children through age 17 ranges from $1.3 million to $2.7 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is struggling to close a $42 billion budget gap by cutting services, declined through a spokesman to comment on the taxpayer costs associated with the octuplets' delivery and care.
Suleman received disability payments for an on-the-job back injury during a riot at a state mental hospital, collecting more than $165,000 over nearly a decade before the benefits were discontinued last year.
Some of the disability money was spent on in vitro fertilizations, which was used for all 14 of her children, Suleman said. Suleman said she also worked double shifts at the mental hospital and saved up for the treatments. She estimated that all her treatments cost $100,000.
Originally posted by sir_chancealot
Look at the stats of what not having the biological father in the home does to children.
Originally posted by marg6043
Either mental problems or she cunningly planned this to profit from the children, she knew that this will bring the media attention to her.
In a nation like ours that people are addicted to talk shows and outrageous news she would fit nicely.
Even write a book about her "birth experiences and ordeals"
Originally posted by marg6043
This nothing short of irresponsible by her and her doctors.
No - the real problem is there are 14 children who need to be cared for. No matter what their mother did - - they had no choice - and have done nothing wrong.
I am so sick of this mentality. There is a major reason there are so many fatherless homes. In the majority of cases - the father leaves. I am so sick of women getting blamed for everything. When is the last time your read a headline about the problems of growing up in a single father home?? The only ones I've read - - are tributes to the father.
All I can say is wow. I'm almost speechless on this one. This woman should not be allowed to keep these children. I hate to say that about any mother, but IMHO, I think she is using her children for publicity to extort money from every avenue she can. It's more than disgusting. These kids are going to need so much attention and support, and she is not going to be able to provide it. It's beyond sick.
Originally posted by skeptic1
reply to post by sir_chancealot
She had these kids through IVF....in other words, she used a sperm donor. I didn't realize that the test tube would be a good fatherly influence. :shk:
She says that she knows the donor, he is a friend, and has no interest in being in the childrens' lives. She has proven to be fast and loose with the truth, so I don't know how much stock I put into anything she has to say.
But, the kids were not conceived naturally, so there is not a father to speak of. It was a sperm donor.
Originally posted by Beege24
All I can say is wow. I'm almost speachless on this one. This woman should not be allowed to keep these children. I hate to say that about any mother, but IMHO, I think she is using her children for publicity to extort money from every avenue she can. It's more than discusting. These kids are going to need so much attention and support, and she is not going to be able to provide it. It's beyond sick.
This woman is ridiculous. She is an end result of today's society. There was a time in the US where people were raised to be self-sufficient and not expect anything from anybody. You lived or died on your own two feet. It'll be OK though, Obama will pay her mortgage and car payments, I'm sure.
Sadly, this is where the US is heading. All you have to do it spend 5 minutes reading the thread about the "stimulus" bill and it becomes obvious. People should be complaining that congress is putting us into debt that we will never recover from. I think I was born about 100 years too late. ..I can't stand the lack of responsibity for one's self in today's society.
Originally posted by Annee
...I am so sick of this mentality. There is a major reason there are so many fatherless homes. In the majority of cases - the father leaves.