In a hearing about the Affordable Care Act last week, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) asked Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, “To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?”
Ellmers was arguing that women should pay more for health insurance, as being female is actually a pre-existing condition that can lead to maternity, with the help of a man.
The congresswoman brought “her ‘A’ game,” noted Joel B. Pollack of Breitbart.com. “The ensuing exchange should be studied by Republicans for future reference,” Pollack added.
This week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) answered the question Ellmers posed:
Why should I have to have a policy that covers maternity care?” I got to thinking about that. I thought, you know what? Maybe because my wife and I do not have any more children and they are grown up, maybe I should not have to pay property taxes to pay for my local schools. Huh? Why should I worry about it? Maybe only people who have kids going to the public school should pay for it. We are better than that in this country. We are talking about being part of our society.
But Fox Business’ John Stossel, Fox News’ Dr. David Samadi and Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert aren’t buying it. If women weren’t meant to pay more for health care, what’s with all that… stuff down there?
“As long as men are footing the bill, we should demand pap smears,” Colbert said on his show Monday night.
Screenshot via The Colbert Report
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