Friday, September 25, 2009

Senator says maternity care shouldn't be a required health plan benefit—because as a man he doesn't need it

Alas, more politicking about pregnancy. The following news item caught my eye. I'm pasting the text below, but the original and a video clip is available at (September 25, 2009)

Kyl: 'I Don't Need Maternity Care.' Stabenow: 'Your Mom Probably Did."

Just before the Senate Finance Committee wrapped up for the long weekend, members debated one of Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) amendments, which would strike language defining which benefits employers are required to cover.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) argued that insurers must be required to cover basic maternity care. (In several states there are no such requirements.)

"I don't need maternity care," Kyl said. "So requiring that on my insurance policy is something that I don't need and will make the policy more expensive."

Stabenow interrupted: "I think your mom probably did."

The amendment was defeated, nine to 14.

Kyl's stance is appalling in and of itself, but added to the hypocrisy is that this guy is a hardline pro-life politician. (Maybe he thinks storks deliver babies?)

Well, since Sen. Kyl doesn't want female-only health care to be covered by insurance policies, I trust he'll lobby to remove male-specific coverages, such as for prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. (Anything else, ladies?)


Anonymous said...

Prolifers are also often anti birth control. Wouldn't you think if they were so prolife they'd be pro healthcare for everyone. Afterall, not having health care and health insurance = death. If as this senator believes the GOP and prolifers are also against maternity care, then it shows that they aren't about helping women and saving babies, their just against women.

Stephanie said...

I have to gently disagree with Anonymous... I do happen to be pro-life, but I side with the Democrats on virtually every other issue (including health care). I think people should be cared for their whole life long, from conception all the way to their last days. Though I must concur with Anonymous that the GOP's stance against universal health care is in direct contrast with their 'mission' to rescue the unborn.

Regarding other male-specific coverages: prostate infections, testicular cancer.


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