“But what about the women?!”
This is essentially CNN’s focus as they look at the Senate group tasked with working on the House-approved health care bill. Why let a good opportunity to point out nonexistent sexism go to waste, right?
I actually subjected myself to their channel, and watched this segment live last night. It could definitely be categorized as scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel. With something so huge as health care legislation on the table, my concern is not the gender breakdown of Senators.
As reported by the handwringers themselves:
Just hours after House Republicans managed to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Senate is signaling it will write its own proposal — announcing a group of 13 Republican members who will be responsible for crafting the Senate’s plan.
All are male.
No, not all men. No!
A GOP aide defended the makeup of the group.
“We have no interest in playing the games of identity politics, that’s not what this is about; it’s about getting a job done,” the aide said. “We’ll work with any member of any background who wants to pass a health reform bill that will reduce premiums and take away the burdens that Obamacare inflicted.
“To reduce this to gender, race or geography misses the more important point of the diverse segments of the conference the group represents on policy — from members who support Medicaid expansion, to those opposed to it, to those who have called for long term full repeal,” the aide added.
Obamacare is clearly a failure. The AHCA as it stands right now isn’t much of an improvement on its predecessor, and gets many things wrong. The Senate version, which may or may not pass, might not be anything to celebrate, either. However, I guarantee the reason for this does not and will not boil down to gender. The stink is much more substantive than that.
When the Left flails about in terms of health care and women, they’re really concerned about whether their sacraments of abortion and contraception will be adequately covered. As if in the United States these things are not readily available without insurance.
More palpable than if there are enough vaginas seated around the Senate group’s table is the affordability of the current monstrosity known as Obamacare. It’s simply not friendly to the budgets of most Americans, whether they be male or female.
The “Affordable” Care Act won’t discriminate on who it screws over, and positive change needs to come. The gender of those ushering in that change matters not.