On Thursday, March 23, President Donald Trump met with a group of conservatives known as the House Freedom Caucus.
His hope was to strike a deal with the members, who are all senators, to vote for the American Health Care Act and to repeal Obamacare.
However, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) said there would be no deal.
Before you start thinking the Freedom Caucus is out looking for the little guy and making sure we all have good, affordable healthcare, that's not quite the case.
Yes, they do want lower premiums -- but that means bare bones healthcare. They want to watch Obamacare burn.
Freedom Caucus members want President Donald Trump to eliminate provisions that guarantee health insurers cover costly items like emergency services, maternity and newborn care, mental health and behavioral health treatment, prescription drugs, laboratory services, pediatric services (which includes oral and vision care) and more.
So, if you're wonder just who is making these decisions that affect mostly women, people of color and low income people, here they are...
Thank you old, rich white men!!!
Who needs maternity care and mammograms?!
YOU SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT TAKING CARE OF YOUR BREASTS BEFORE YOU GREW 'EM.
Surely, there must be one female in the room? A women's health expert amongst them?
Hahahaha... OK, maybe it's just a bad angle, right?!
LOOK! THERE'S ONE!!
Ah, fuck. It's just Kellyanne Conway.
But, hey, lets ask the men what they think about including maternity care...
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said,
A 54-year-old doesn't need certain things. They don't need maternity care. They don't need certain medical services that are being provided to them by this government product that is being forced on them right now.
Haha, classic Spicey.
In 2009, then-Senator Jon Kyl (R. Ariz.) said,
I don't need maternity care, and so requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that I don't need and will make the policy more expensive.
To which Senator Debbie Stabenow (D.Mich.) responded,
I think your mom probably did.
This is, by far, the sickest "your mom" clap back ever.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) said it wasn't fair to make men "purchase prenatal care," which made me roll my eyes so hard they done popped out of my small, little woman skull.
Basically, what these male politicians are saying is "basic healthcare" is men's health care.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday,
[Eliminating] essential health benefits means Republicans are making being a woman a preexisting condition. Again, stripping guaranteed maternity care is a pregnancy tax, pure and simple.
By the way, mammograms are also used on men to test for breast cancer so BOY BYE.