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‘A Woman’s Problem’ – Rep. John Shimkus: “Men Shouldn’t Have To Pay For Prenatal Care”

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During the House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing for the new healthcare bill on Thursday, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) got into a heated back and forth.

While talking about the Republican’s new bill, Doyle questioned Shimkus about what he didn’t like in Obamacare. Doyle even named off some things that are quite popular with Americans, including the fact that kids can stay on their parents’ insurance plan until the turn 26, stopping caps on benefits, and being accepted even with pre-existing conditions.

Shimkus responded by saying that men should not have to pay for prenatal care.

“I’m just — I — is that not correct?” Shimkus stuttered. “Should they?”

Doyle was so shocked by this comment that he didn’t know what to say at first. “There’s no such thing as ala cart insurance, John,” he finally said.

“That’s the point! That’s the point!” Shimkus exclaimed. “We want the consumer to be able to go to the insurance market and be able to negotiate on a plan that –”

“You tell me what insurance company will do that,” Doyle interrupted. “There isn’t a single insurance company in the world that does that, John.”