Republican Congressman Don't Wanna Pay For No Ladies Having Babies
If there is any population that has the sympathy of the Right, it is the unborn. The unborn are much better and purer than the born, for reasons. They have not committed sins yet, like being born to poor people or anything like that, and everything possible must be done to protect them.
Anything, that is, other than expecting men who cannot give birth to have to pay for insurance that covers prenatal care. At least according to Illinois Congressman John Shimkus, who is apparently very unclear about how insurance or sex or human reproduction work. (He's in "good" company, though, since neither does House Speaker Paul Ryan.)
He really should just shut up and look pretty.
When Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle asked about specific mandates Republicans take issue with, “What about men having to purchase prenatal care? I’m just ... is that not correct? And should they?”
Doyle then explained that there is no such thing as "a la carte insurance" and that no insurance company in the world will let you go and do things that way. Shimkus explained that it should be, and that he and other consumers would like to do things that way.
Of course, the way insurance works is that everyone chips in to a big pool of money, and then that money is there when you need it to cover your medical bills. It's not just you contributing towards you and the specific things that affect you, personally, or we ladies would all have carveouts for Viagra and prostate and/or nut cancer. Of course, given the fact that most of us are not test tube babies, most of us have been born, and are thus the beneficiaries of prenatal care insurance ourselves (as well as the beneficiaries of sperm, which have usually come from men).
Now, I realize that it is a distinct possibility that Mr. John Shimkus has never had sexual intercourse and perhaps does not even know how babby is formed or how girl get pragnet. However, those of us who have had the kind of sex that can lead to babby being formed, or at least comprehensive sex-ed, are aware of the fact that men are integral to the babby forming process.
Until women figure out the whole asexual reproduction thing, babby cannot be formed without sperm, often contributed by penis-havers just like him. Well, not just like him, most of us have standards. Anyway -- even if insurance didn't work the way it does, men who have heterosexual sex are just as responsible for the need for prenatal care as women are. Shocking, I know. Also, they are just as responsible for the need for birth control as we are. Because if we were not fucking them, those things would be unnecessary. Ta-da!
Hopefully, someone can sit Shimkus down ASAP and give him the birds and the bees talk, because he's a little old to not understand how any of this work.
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