Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) warned against GOP healthcare plans that exclude benefits like maternity leave and prenatal care.
“You end up with policies that don’t cover maternity. And as best I can tell, women don’t get pregnant without sperm,” Cassidy said.
“You know, I’m a doctor, and I know that might be med school. So, do you want a coverage that doesn’t include maternity that obviously would be principally appealing to young men, when it doesn’t include maternity?”
“Cassidy’s comment was a rebuke of a common GOP criticism of the Affordable Care Act that men were forced to pay for health services that they might not need,” writes The Hill’s John Bowden. “During a March hearing on ObamaCare, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) brought up prenatal care as one of these services.”
“What about men having to purchase prenatal care?” Shimkus said in March.
“I’m just — is that not correct?” Shimkus asked. “And should they?”
Yes, Congressman, they should.