While discussing ObamaCare Thursday, a Republican lawmaker complained that the law required healthcare plans to cover pregnancy care, asking, "What about men having to purchase prenatal care ... should they?"
Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.) was asking Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) about his objections to required insurance coverage in the Affordable Care Act during the House Energy and Commerce Committee's marathon markup of the GOP's plan to replace ObamaCare.
“What about men having to purchase prenatal care?” Shimkus said, which led to murmurs from other lawmakers.
"I’m just — is that not correct?" Shimkus said. "And should they?"
ObamaCare requires all health plans to cover certain benefits, including doctor visits, hospital care, prescription drugs, pregnancy care and childbirth.
The statement got traction on social media:
@RepShimkus Hard to believe you were once a human baby, but ur mother needed prenatal care. You're against abortion too, right? Male GOP— shawgirly (@shawgirly) March 10, 2017
John Shimkus GOP lawmaker asks why men should pay for prenatal coverage. Problem isn't partisanship, it's stupidity https://t.co/nQk8AXx1gP— (((Mark Russell))) (@MarkusJRussell) March 10, 2017