Great exchange today between Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC2) and Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius:
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) asked Sebelius, “Now as far as the essential health benefits, correct me if I’m wrong, do men not have to buy maternity coverage?”
Sebelius: “Policies will cover maternity coverage for the young and the healthy—”
Ellmers: “Including men?”
Sebelius: “30-year-olds will also have a choice of a catastrophic plan which has no maternity coverage?”
Ellmers “The catastrophic, but the men are required to purchase maternity coverage?”
Sebelius: “The insurance policy has benefits whether you use them or not, and one of the benefits will be maternity coverage, mental health coverage, domestic violence coverage.”
Ellmers: “And that is why health care premiums are increasing, because we’re forcing them to buy things they will never need. Thank you, madam chairman.”
Sebelius: “The individual policies cover families. Men often do need maternity coverage for their spouses and for their families, yes.”
Ellmers: “A single male age 32 does not need maternity coverage. To the best of your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby?”
Sebelius: “I don’t think so.”
Via The Right Scoop, who also has video of the exchange.
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