By JAVIER MANJARRESDuring the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s grilling of HHS Kathleen Sebelius, Nurse and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, put the screws to the secretary as to why men were being forced into buying maternity healthcare coverage.
To the best of your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby?- Rep. Renee Ellmers (R)
A couple of months back, Ellmers and other Republican law makers on the Republican Study Committee (RSC), formally unveiled the repeal and replace Obamacare bill, the American Health Care Reform Act.
Here is the exchange between Ellmers and Sebelius:[vsw id=”l2CzYm7MTaE” source=”youtube” width=”600″ height=”360″ autoplay=”no”]
Rep. Ellmers: You also brought up the issue, when you were in Kansas [as governor and health insurance commissioner], that you fought against discriminatory issues. Now I–you know, as far as the essential health benefits [of Obamacare], correct me if I’m wrong, do men not have to buy maternity coverage?
Sec. Sebelius: Policies will cover maternity coverage for young and healthy–
Rep. Ellmers: Including men?Sec. Sebelius: Under 30-year-olds will have a choice also of a catastrophic plan which has no maternity coverage.
Rep. Ellmers: The men are required to purchase–
Sec. Sebelius: Well, an insurance policy has a series of benefits, whether you use them or not. And one of the benefits will be–
Rep. Ellmers: And that is why the health care premiums are increasing this high, because we’re forcing them to buy things they will never need. Thank you, madam chairman.
Sec. Sebelius: The individual policies cover families. Men often do need maternity coverage for their spouses and for their families, yes.Rep. Ellmers: Single male, age 32, does not need maternity coverage.
Rep. Ellmers: To the best of your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby?
Sec. Sebelius: I don’t think so.
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