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Twitter Reacts to GOP Congressman's Assertion that Men Shouldn't Have to Pay for Prenatal Coverage

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | March 10, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | March 10, 2017 |

Earlier this week, Paul Ryan seemed to express a complete misunderstanding of how insurance works, arguing that the fatal flaw in Obamacare is that healthy people have to subsidize insurance for sick people.

For someone considered a policy wonk, Paul Ryan doesn’t seem to have even a basic understanding of healthcare policy. Or of insurance. But he is not alone among Republicans. In 2009, Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona complained that men should not have to pay for maternity care. In 2013, GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers asked the Health and Human Services Secretary at the time, “To the best of your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby?” objecting to the fact that men still have to pay for maternity coverage.

Last night, during a Congressional debate, a GOP Congressman John Shimkus continued the trend by taking issue with the fact that men have to pay for prenatal care.

Here’s how one guy reacted to Oswalt’s tweet:

I don’t think it’s necessary to explain the fundamentals of insurance to our readers, but suffice to say, one cannot buy insurance a la carte. If your family has a history of heart problems, you can’t buy insurance coverage for just heart conditions. If a man is impotent, he can’t just buy Viagra coverage. No, women have to subsidize boner bills, just as men have to subsidize maternity care.

The reaction from Twitter ranged from livid to “fuck you.”

I think that last one sums up the issue nicely.

Whoever runs against this man in 2018 needs to play that clip on a loop.