REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER: WHY SHOULD MEN HAVE TO PAY FOR MATERNITY CARE? HE THEN GETS A RESPONSE

At a heated town hall last week, Republican Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) questioned why men should pay for maternity care they’ll never use, and one woman’s response is making waves across social media.

Barbara Rank wrote a short reply to the congressman’s declaration of support for the House’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare – in particular his desire to rid the law of “crazy requirements” like “a 62-year-old male having to have pregnancy insurance.”

Published Friday in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, her local newspaper, Rank’s letter set out a number of rhetorical questions:

“Why should I pay for a bridge I won’t cross, a sidewalk I don’t walk on, a library book I don’t read? Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t appreciate?”

She ended with an appeal to “democracy” and “civil society”, deeming this the “greater good”.

Her letter has since gone viral, after a photograph of the newspaper was shared on Reddit, and is touching off tweets and posts of agreement and praise across social media platforms.

In response to the letter, a spokesman for Blum toldthe Telegraph Herald he was “referring to the idea of patients being able to choose health insurance policies that fit their needs, rather one-size-fits-all policies filled with government mandates,” adding that Rep. Blum understands how taxes work.

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