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Barbara Rank's 'Pregnancy Insurance' for Men Op-Ed Goes Viral

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People hold up red pieces of paper to voice disagreement as Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) speaks to his constituents during a town hall meeting on May 8, 2017, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:47 AM

When Barbara Rank attended a town hall meeting in Iowa where Republican Rep. Rod Blum questioned the Obamacare requirement for men to have "pregnancy insurance," she probably didn't expect to go viral.

Rank didn’t speak at the town hall, which had many hecklers and protesters against Blum’s support for the new healthcare bill passed in the House, but she later wrote down her thoughts and sent them to her local newspaper, the Telegraph Herald.

In response to Blum’s question, Rank wrote, “Why should I pay for a bridge I don’t cross, a sidewalk I don’t walk on, a library book I don’t read? Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t appreciate? Why should I pay the salaries of politicians I didn’t vote for, a tax cut that doesn’t affect me, or a loophole I can’t take advantage of?”

“It’s called democracy,” she finished, “a civil society, the greater good. That’s what we pay for.”

Although Rank’s response didn't address that adding on medical coverage that isn’t really needed (such as maternity coverage for men, who can’t carry babies or give birth) raises premiums for everyone, her response resonated with many and was posted on Reddit, where it received tens of thousands of votes and was pushed to the front of the page, The Washington Post reported.

When Rank heard she was going viral on Reddit, where she did not have an account, she called her letter a “silly little piece,” the Post reported.

Refinery29 pointed out it isn’t entirely accurate to say maternity coverage is added onto a man’s insurance plan, but that under Obamacare, the plan will cover all medical conditions for all people.

Twitter mostly said some version of “you go, girl!” but a few dissented.

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