GOP Lawmaker Doesn’t Think Men Should Have To Pay For Prenatal Care

“Men not wanting to pay for prenatal care as if they simply popped politely into existence one day,” commented a Twitter user.


The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a meeting to discuss the GOP replacement plan for Affordable Care Act and proved once again that some Republicans barely understand how health insurances work yet continue to blast Obamacare for its shortcomings.

During the lengthy markup session to advance the new administration’s American Health Care Act, Pennsylvania Rep. Michael Doyle (D) got into a heated conversation with Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (R) over claims the premiums were “skyrocketing” because of the “mandates from Obamacare.”

“What mandate in the Obamacare bill does he take issue with?” Doyle inquired. “Certainly not with pre-existing conditions, or caps on benefits or letting your child stay on the policy until 26, so I’m curious what is it we’re mandating?”

Shimkus, however, shot back with a reply highlighting his lack of basic understanding regarding health insurance.

“What about men having to purchase prenatal care?” he asked. “Is that not correct? And should they?”

His comment visibly threw off Doyle, along with rest of the country.

“There’s no such thing as a la carte insurance, John,” the Democrat replied.

“That’s the point,” Shimkus asserted. “We want the consumer to be able to go to the insurance market and be able to negotiate on a plan ...”

“There’s not a single insurance company in the world that does that,” Doyle interrupted. “You’re talking about something that doesn’t exist.”

The Republican lawmaker’s stance could not be more hypocritical.

One of the biggest problems the GOP had with ACA was that it funded abortions, despite the fact that taxpayer money does not pay for abortion services — women pay for it out of their own pockets, unless their health care provider covers it.

Obamacare requires providers to include both prenatal and postpartum healthcare in their plans, before that, most insurers avoided included maternity care in their plans by dubbing it a pre-existing condition.

Prenatal care is about the health of unborn babies, almost half of whom are actually male, as are all the fathers. For someone who has such a pro-life stance, it was very hypocritical of the Republican lawmaker to suggest men should not have to pay for prenatal care.

The reaction on social media was intense, to say the least.


Apparently, this is not the first time a GOP lawmaker has uttered something so absurd and ignorant on the matter.

In 2013, while discussing the health care law's essential health benefits during a meeting of Energy and Commerce Committee, former North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) asked then-Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius why men have to buy maternity coverage.

“To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?” Ellmers famously said.

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