During an interview with Houston radio host Sam Malone on Friday, Republican Rep. Pete Olsen of Texas laughed off Obamacare’s requirement that prenatal and maternity care be covered in the health plans. Olsen asked why men should “have to pay for that coverage that we can’t use?”
Olsen admitted that although the GOP has finally introduced their version of a bill that would take the place of the Affordable Care Act, it “appears to be dead on arrival already.”
He claims that although he is happy that they have a bill, he admits to having “some problems” with it. One of those problems are that it keeps the ACA’s requirement that “essential benefits” such as prenatal and maternity care be covered by insurance.
“I have some concerns because, one thing, they still guarantee coverage for ten essential conditions,” Olson said, “and one of those conditions—this is care for all,includes you and me—it’s prenatal care. …I think we all have what we call an X chromosome. You, me, JP, Tom and Chuck have those, which means we can’t have a baby. Why do we have to pay for that coverage that we can’t use?”
Another senator that is not happy with the ACA’s maternity care coverage is Republican John Shimkus of Illinois. Yet, both senators claim they are “pro-life.”