by Max Brantley
Defunding Planned Parenthood isn’t the only way Trumpcare hurts women. The bill also eliminates the requirement that all health care plans cover maternity care, and allows insurance companies to charge more for certain “pre-existing conditions,” including those particularly affect women, such as domestic abuse and rape.Misogyny is in vogue these days, from the White House on down. Republicans talk openly of the unfairness of the cost of coverage for all including maternity care and contraception (though not prostate care or Viagra). One Republican yahoo in Alaska was even quoted the other day as saying that women get pregnant out in the sticks so they can get a trip to Anchorage for an abortion. I kid you not. And of course there's the head-slapper that Trump has put a critic of contraception in charge of overseeing family planning.
As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, “Prior to Obamacare’s requirement that health insurance plans cover maternity care, for example, 62 percent of plans on the individual market didn’t include it. Only nine states chose to mandate maternity coverage. And, often, women were forced to pay more for their plans than men anyways — even though these plans didn’t include coverage essential to women’s health care.”
As the House shaped its bill in the Spring, Cotton urged caution in the pace at which it was proceeding, but he did not advocate restraint in shredding some directives in the law. In effect, it was a simultaneous nod to conservatives on policy and centrists on timing.He's a double-talker, in other words. Yep. Though he won't talk at all to some in the press, including from Arkansas. The Post he has time for.