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.

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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 PenceTrump considering recognizing opposition leader as Venezuela's president: report Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions Could Nancy Pelosi be the next president of the United States? 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 MurrayBold, bipartisan action on child care will win plenty of friends GOP seeks health care reboot after 2018 losses Democrats demand answers on Trump short-term insurance plans 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.