Dems mock House GOP over lack of women in healthcare meeting
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At least two congressional Democrats seized on a photo from a House Freedom Caucus meeting on healthcare Thursday, mocking the GOP for the lack of women in the room, after Vice President Pence tweeted a photo from the gathering. 


There are no women in the House Freedom Caucus, though top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway was reportedly in attendance for the meeting including the conservative House group, President Trump and Pence. 

They gathered Thursday looking for a way to pass the GOP's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation. GOP leadership has proposed doing away with ObamaCare's "essential health benefits," which require insurance plans to cover certain basic health services, including maternity care and preventive services such as mammograms.


The fact that no female representatives were present rankled some Democrats. 

"This is outrageous: Not a single woman in the room as Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Nikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE and House GOP propose removing maternity coverage in #Trumpcare," Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) tweeted alongside a photo of the meeting.


And Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps program: exclusive MORE (D-Wash.) sarcastically captioned the photo "a rare look inside the GOP's women's health caucus."



Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) apologized Thursday after brushing off a reporter's question about a rule mandating health insurers cover mammograms with a joke.

"I wouldn't want to lose my mammograms," he told a Talking Points Memo reporter who asked about eliminating the minimum benefits requirement.

"I deeply regret my comments on a very important topic. Mammograms are essential to women's health & I never intended to indicate otherwise," Roberts wrote on Twitter on Thursday.