The National Council of Women’s Statement on GOP Lawmaker’s Comment on Men Paying For Prenatal Care

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – National Council of Women President, Saideh Browne, released the following statement on Congressman John Shimkus’ (R-IL) comments on men paying for prenatal care.  

“As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, the implications for women are disastrous.  Of the healthcare law’s ten essential benefits, six are harmoniously linked to the birth of a child; including ambulatory patient services, prescription drugs, emergency care, hospitalization, preventative and wellness services and more specifically, maternity and newborn care. The ACA has helped ensure access to quality and affordable care for millions of women; with close to 10 million women being newly insured.”

According to several published reports, during the 27 hours the House Energy and Commerce Committee spent debating the Republican’s Obamacare revision plan Rep. Michael Doyle (D-Pa.) asked his colleague Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) to explain what he meant when he said premiums were “skyrocketing” in his state “because of the mandates from Obamacare.”
“What mandate in the Obamacare bill does he take issue with?” Doyle asked. “Certainly not with pre-existing conditions, or caps on benefits or letting your child stay on the policy until 26, so I’m curious what is it we’re mandating?”
“What about men having to purchase prenatal care?” Shimkus replied. “Is that not correct? And should they?”

Browne continued, “As Donald Trump works to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, The National Council of Women is working with grassroots organizations across the country to demand changes to the bill that House leaders refuse to make. We are keeping the pressure on during Women’s History Month to ensure our voices are heard and our health needs are not dismissed.”


Jurena Cantrell
Public Relations Manager
The National Council of Women
Direct: 404-590-1339 | Office: 917-993-5400 |

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