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Rep. John Shimkus Upset That Men Pay For Prenatal Care (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois voiced his displeasure on March 9 that men have to pay for health insurance plans that include prenatal care, one of the required services under Obamacare (video below).

Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania began the exchange in the House Energy and Commerce Committee by asking Shimkus exactly what mandates that he had a problem with in Obamacare, notes The Washington Post.

"What about men having to purchase prenatal care?" Shimkus replied. "I’m just ... is that not correct? And should they?"

Doyle reminded Shimkus there is no health care plan that covers only the personal medical choices of each person.

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"There's no such thing as a la carte insurance, John," Doyle stated.

"That's the point, that's the point," Shimkus countered. "We want the consumer to be able to go to the insurance market and be able to negotiate on a plan."

"You tell me what insurance company will [negotiate a plan]," Doyle fired back. "There isn't a single insurance company in the world that does that, John. You're talking about something that doesn't exist."

In a press release from June 2013, Shimkus identified himself as "a Christian who is 100 percent pro-life."

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Consumer Reports fielded a similar question from a middle-aged, childless man in November 2013 who was upset that he had to pay for maternity coverage -- under Obamacare -- for his fellow Americans of the opposite sex.

Nancy Metcalf, writing for Consumer Reports, asked the man why women had to "pay for your Viagra, or prostate cancer tests, or the heart attack and high blood pressure you are many times more likely to suffer from than we are?"

She explained that if people were to pick and choose the risks in health insurance plans that they wanted then "eventually you don't have a risk pool at all, and the whole idea of insurance falls apart."

Metcalf asked the reader: "Do you think it's good for society for some families not to have access to proper prenatal care? The babies thus born are going to be paying for your Social Security one day, remember."

House Speaker Paul Ryan gave a presentation on March 9 about the House’s Obamacare repeal plan, notes The Washington Post, and he lamented that -- under Obamacare -- healthy Americans are paying into a system that helps sicker Americans:

The fatal conceit of Obamacare is that "We’re just going to make everybody buy our health insurance at the federal government level; young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for the older, sicker people."

So the young healthy person is going to be made to buy health care, and they’re going to pay for the person, you know, who gets breast cancer in her 40s. Or who gets heart disease in his 50s.

In response, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson tweeted: "wait, isn't healthy ppl subsidizing sick ppl sort of like the definition of insurance?"

Sources: The Washington Post (2), Consumer Reports, Derek Thompson/Twitter, John Shimkus / Photo credit: U.S. Congress/Wikimedia Commons

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