Friday, September 25, 2009

Sen. Jon Kyl's statement is inexcusable

Male politicians, let me clue you in on something: When you're discussing what kinds of care should be mandated to be covered by health insurance companies, it is not in your best interest, or your party's best interest, to say "I don’t need maternity care, and so requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive."

You do realize you're sitting up there with your quite comprehensive government-provided health care, telling others -- and in this case, women, specifically -- what they don't get to have in their health care?

Yes, Sen. Jon Kyl, I'm talking about you. (And while I do so appreciate Sen. Debbie Stabenow's succinct remark exposing the absurdity of Kyl's statement, that isn't really the point of this video clip.)

Here's why it's not in your best interest to say such things, and yes, I do have to talk to you like you're in kindergarten:
Out of men and women, only women can give birth. We can agree on that, right? OK. Now, women make up half the population of this country. (Just over half, actually.) That's a fact. There are women in your party -- the Republican party. Also a fact. There are conservative women, Republican women, religious women, moderate women, women in the military, and they live in this country, and some even live in Arizona. Some probably even voted for you! There are women in your own family, I presume, since someone gave birth to you. Beyond that, you are working on legislation that can affect every single man and woman in this country. Not just your constituents, not just Arizona citizens, not just Republicans, and definitely not just men. And to sit there in the United States Senate and try to explain why health insurers should not have to cover maternity care is, I'm sorry, pathetic. What's even more pathetic is the reason you give for why they shouldn't -- it'll cost you more.

You have just told more than half the population (women) that you don't believe health insurers should be required to pay for maternity care (childbirth -- you know, that whole thing that lets the human species keep existing) without even, I assume, thinking about the fact that women and men together often bear the costs of having a child. Uteruses aren't out their on their own for every single birth in this country. Men are kind of part of the process too, assuming we still want things like "dads" and "families" around.
If I'm married and have a child, my husband's wallet is going to take a hit, not just mine.

Is this a joke, Sen. Kyl? Do you even realize how expensive it is, medical-bill wise, to have a child? Are you really trying to justify allowing insurers to not cover maternity care? (Most don't cover it now, unless you're insured through an employer.) Are you really telling women and men that prenatal care and childbirth don't fall under the "mandatory care" umbrella of health insurance? Have you told your children that the hospital bills from the births of your grandchildren should have been paid for out of their own pocket? Since it's going to cost you more, why not say that insurance shouldn't cover pediatric care either? I mean, you don't have young kids, right, so why should insurance companies have to cover something that doesn't pertain to you? And I don't have a prostate, or a penis, or testicles, so coverage of anything relating to those areas is coming out of health insurance too, right? Oh but here's the kicker: I ALREADY PAY FOR YOUR HEALTH CARE.

This is a joke. Because it's health care, and it's this country, and it has become nothing more than a joke at this point. And Sen. Kyl, your comment today puts you in the role of Biggest Joke of All. Congratulations.

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