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When Caitlin Wells Salerno and Jon Salerno's first son, Hank, was born, his delivery cost the family only $30. Gus' bill came in at more than $16,000, all told — including the $2,755 ER charge. The family was responsible for about $3,600 of the total. Rae Ellen Bichell/KHN hide caption

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A hospital hiked the price of their healthy baby's birth by calling it an 'emergency'

Obstetrical emergency departments are a new aspect of some hospitals that can inflate medical bills for even the easiest, healthiest births. Just ask baby Gus' parents about their $2,755 ER charge.

Prior to his arrest on charges stemming from the riot at the U.S. Capitol, Alan Hostetter led protests against lockdown policies related to COVID-19 and pro-Trump "Stop The Steal" rallies in California. In a recent video posted to the platform BitChute, he said he will represent himself at trial, while wearing a hat saying "COVID IS A SCAM." Screenshot via BitChute hide caption

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Why some alleged Capitol rioters are acting as their own attorneys

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speak to reporters Tuesday about a corporate minimum tax plan. On Wednesday Wyden unveiled another tax proposal, this one aimed at billionaires. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Democrats unveil a plan for a new tax on billionaires

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When Caitlin Wells Salerno and Jon Salerno's first son, Hank, was born, his delivery cost the family only $30. Gus' bill came in at more than $16,000, all told — including the $2,755 ER charge. The family was responsible for about $3,600 of the total. Rae Ellen Bichell/KHN hide caption

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A hospital hiked the price of a routine childbirth by calling it an 'emergency'

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