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Pence's Photo Of Women's Healthcare Meeting Angers Many (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

Vice President Mike Pence posted a photo on his Twitter page of a House Freedom Caucus meeting to determine the future of maternity health care coverage on March 23. It did not go over well.

"Appreciated joining [the president] for meeting with the Freedom Caucus again today," Pence captioned the photo, which shows a room full of men gathered around a table. "This is it. #PassTheBill"

Immediately after the photo was posted, a backlash ensued, as people took issue with the fact that there were no women present in the photo of the meeting to discuss women's health care.

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The Huffington Post covered the meeting, publishing a story with the headline, "Room Full Of Men Decides Fate Of Women's Health Care."

According to The Post,  there was at least one woman present at the meeting: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. However, she was not in the photo.

"All the people in this picture have something in common," one person wrote on Twitter in response to Pence's post. "I'll let you guess what it is."

Others made sarcastic comments, such as joking that "the diversity is so inspiring."

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"Wow -- was this taken in 1950?" another person wrote. "Where are the women?"

Others approved of the photo and did not find anything wrong with it.

"Yes Sir!" replied one supporter. "8 years of wishing for the opportunity -- now house republicans have it. Talking is over -- pass it!"

Many said that they were looking forward to seeing a new health care law in effect.

"There are millions who can't afford insurance [because] of ACA, and ACA is a job killer," another person commented, referring to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  "No thank you."

After Pence's photo received the backlash, the White House director of social media, Dan Scavino, tweeted a photo showing the meeting, which included two women standing in the back.

In anticipation of the vote over their health care bill to repeal replace Obamacare, Republicans have been meeting to garner support and tweak the bill's provisions as they see fit. One of the changes they are considering is eliminating the requirement that all insurance companies provide maternity care for all, according to The Huffington Post.

"A 54-year-old doesn't need certain things," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer earlier in March. "They don't need maternity care. They don't need certain medical services that are being provided to them by this government product that is being forced on them right now."

Sources: The Huffington Post (2), Mike Pence/Twitter, Dan Scavino/TwitterTwitter (2, 3, 4) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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