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GOP Lawmaker Asks Why Men Should Have Pay for Prenatal Care

(The Washington Post)

By    |   Friday, 10 Mar 2017 10:47 AM

A male GOP congressman on the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned why men should have to pay for women's prenatal coverage during a 27-hour debate about Republicans' Obamacare replacement bill, The Washington Post reports. 

Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans are required to cover pregnancy and childbirth.

"What about men having to purchase prenatal care? I'm just… is that not correct? And should they?" Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois asked.

Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania replied: "There's no such thing as a la carte insurance, John."

Opponents of Obamacare have raised the question before. Insurance expert Nancy Metcalf in 2013 wrote an answer in Consumer Reports: "So, as a middle-aged childless man, you resent having to pay for maternity care or kids' dental care. Shouldn't turnabout be fair play?

"Shouldn't pregnant women and kids be able to say, 'Fine, but in that case why should we have to pay for your Viagra, or prostate cancer tests, or the heart attack and high blood pressure you are many times more likely to suffer from than we are?'"

Metcalf wrote that if insurance customers were allowed to choose what conditions they cover based on gender or some other qualification, the system would no longer work.

"Once you start down that road, it's hard to know where to stop. If you slice and dice risks, eventually you don't have a risk pool at all, and the whole idea of insurance falls apart," Metcalf wrote.

Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, insurers could deny coverage to women by considering pregnancy a preexisting condition, according to The Huffington Post. 

Women could face health care restrictions under the House Republicans' new proposal.

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A male GOP congressman on the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned why men should have to pay for women s prenatal coverage during a 27-hour debate about Republicans Obamacare replacement bill, The Washington Post reports.
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