Hettie (hettie_lz) wrote,

Один из отголосков дебатов про реформу здравоохранения

Как месяц назад я следила за новостями с границы, как за чемпионатом уж не знаю, по какому виду спорта, так сейчас я нервно просматриваю все новости про то, как нам собираются порушить здравоохранение.

Одна из последних "пенок" - дебаты про то, почему мужчины должны оплачивать своими страховыми взносами страховку на ведение беременности. Да. После того, как все открыли рот и забыли закрыть, и после того, как, наконец, закрыли, все равно кажется, что нет приличных слов с объяснениями, почему это именно так должно быть. Посему я с большой радостью обнаружила, что у Хейди Стивенс слова нашлись.

Как всегда, очень прошу прощения у не владеющих английским...

US Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) wants answers, darn it.

During debate over the Republicans' Affordable Care Act revision plan, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.) asked a fellow representative to name a mandate in the Obamacare bill with which he took issue, and Shimkus, a father of three, had this to say:

“What about men having to purchase prenatal care? I'm just ... is that not correct? And should they?”

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Shimkus and his three sons all received and benefited from prenatal care, but that’s not really the point.

I mean, it’s a little bit the point. But it’s not the larger point.

The larger point is that our collective humanity calls on us to consider the greater good. It’s both fiscally and morally responsible to spread the cost of health care across the population — not to cherry-pick the services we are guaranteed to use and pay solely for those.

I know, I know. Fiscally and morally blah, blah, blah. Why are men paying for prenatal care? Men don’t get pregnant!

So if I may ...

Because lots of men have sex with women.

Because a lot of that sex produces babies.

Because men and women have an equal stake in those babies being born healthy.

Because all of us, even when we’re not the parents of those babies, have a stake in those babies being born healthy.

Because healthy babies, ideally, turn into healthy children.

Because healthy children, ideally, turn into healthy adults.

Because children grow up and take care of us, even when they’re not ours. They become doctors and nurses and teachers and economists and architects and firefighters and police officers and chefs and artists and all the things we want and need to create and cultivate a functioning, vibrant society.

Because sometimes even the best prenatal care doesn’t keep a baby from having health complications.

Because babies with health complications have a right to the extra care they’ll need, and that care costs money.

Because babies born with health complications, ideally, also will grow up to become doctors and nurses and economists and architects and so on.

Because even when they don’t, they have a right to all the care and protection we can offer for as long as they need it.

Because our economy is built on the agreement that we pay collective taxes and fees on things we may not each, personally, use — highways, public schools, paramedics, bridges — because those things benefit entire populations, and our cities, towns and very nation would grind to a halt if they weren’t supported.

Because women pay for prostate care, despite not possessing prostate glands.

Because we all have a stake in healthy fathers, husbands, grandfathers, sons, brothers, police officers, chefs, artists, architects and all the other roles that men — who do possess prostate glands — fill.

Because a country never became great by shortchanging its most vulnerable, particularly its children.

Because a rising tide lifts all boats.

Because of our humanity.

Those are just some — and by no means all — of the reasons men should pay for prenatal care, Rep. Shimkus.

I hope you can agree.

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