It is hard sometimes to know where to begin. The lack of compassion, the unbelievable selfishness and the inability to look at the big picture by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) is astonishing, traits shared by too many in the Republican Party.
On Wednesday, when another colleague asked which part of Obamacare he disagreed with, he said, “What about men having to purchase prenatal care?” “Is that not correct? And should they?”
This man is objecting to men having to pay for prenatal care.
Democrat Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) responded, “There’s no such thing as a la carte insurance.”
We don’t get to pick and choose which illnesses we want our health insurance to cover. I for one would have no interest in covering Viagra, high blood-pressure medications, obesity, penile dysfunction, or psychiatric care for a narcissistic personality disorder. None of these affect me or my family, and according to Shimkus, I shouldn’t have to pay for any of them.
But what his remarks really show is that he and his colleagues have little understanding of the Affordable Care Act. He had to search for something that he could point to as a downside and the best he could come up with was that men had to pay for prenatal care.