As the men in the GOP like to say, they and their policies are dedicated to the protection of women and children. We all know what that really means by now, so it should be no surprise, reports Amanda Arnold, that the next part of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans would like to dismantle is pregnancy-related care, such as prenatal coverage.
This type of care is also in the interest of fathers, notes Arnold, even though Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) said just last week that one of his main issues with Obamacare has to do with “men having to purchase prenatal care.”
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently told GOP allies that the next phase of the dismantling the ACA would include doing away with the Essential Benefits Package, which according to The Intercept, “requires qualifying health insurance plans to cover a set of medical treatments, including pregnancy-related medical care.”
The National Institutes of Health has been very clear that access to prenatal care is essential to ensuring the health of the fetus as well as the health of the mother. What’s more, says Arnold, before Obamacare, “pregnancy was also considered a pre-existing condition that would prevent an expectant parent—male or female—from obtaining coverage in 45 states, according to Healthsinsurance.org.”