Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) had a simple question for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during Wednesday’s House hearing: “To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?”
Such one-size-fits all Obamacare mandated coverage – including maternity coverage for young single men – is what’s driving premiums up, Ellmers argued.
Ellmers: 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 healthy. Under-30-year-olds will have a choice also of a catastrophic plan which has no maternity coverage
Ellmers: The catastrophic – but the men are required purchase maternity coverage.
Sebelius: An insurance policy has a series of benefits whether you use them or not, and one of the benefits will be -
Ellmers: And that is why the health care premiums are increasing this high, because we’re forcing them to buy things that they will never need.
Sebelius: The individual policies cover families, men often do need maternity coverage for their spouses and their families, yes.
Ellmers: Single male age 32 does not need maternity coverage. To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?
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