Why Men Should Have to Pay for Prenatal Coverage


Today is Friday, March 10th

Yesterday a Republican from Illinois said something real, real crazy. So today, Democrats from Everywhere need to say something back.

During yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee debate on GOP plans to repeal and revise the Affordable Care Act, Rep. John Shimkis of Illinois, when asked to present an example of a “mandate” in Obamacare that he opposes – asked – without irony - Why Men Should Have to Pay for Prenatal Coverage.

First of all, can we all agree to call him John SHMUCKus from now on?

This question proves a couple things:

1.       This fella doesn’t know how healthcare in this country works.

Today’s Washington Post quotes Insurance Expert, Nancy Metcalf, who explains it quite well: Health insurance, like all insurance, works by pooling risks. The healthy subsidize the sick, who could be somebody else this year and you next year. Those risks include any kind of health care a person might need from birth to death — prenatal care through hospice. No individual is likely to need all of it, but we will all need some of it eventually.”

2.       This fella is an asshole.

Prenatal care is designed for the babies who will be born to the MEN and WOMEN who are the parents, and for the WOMEN whose uteruses are involved in this necessary process for LIFE AS WE KNOW IT TO CONTINUE.

ACTION STEP: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. Tell them you think Representative John Shmuckus of Illinois asked a real doozy of a question yesterday and that you have the answer. Quote Ms. Metcalf above. Urge your reps to insist that any proposed health care legislation must offer better coverage for less money to more Americans in order to gain their vote.

chloe galkin