Sebelius defends maternity coverage for men in Obamacare

In one of the most absurd exchanges during the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing on the rollout of the Obamacare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked if a man had ever given birth.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., asked Sebelius about men maternity policies for men under the Affordable Care Act.

“Now, as far as the essential health benefits, correct me if I’m wrong,” Ellmers said. “Do men not have to buy maternity coverage?”

Sebelius did not answer the question directly.

“Policies will cover maternity coverage for the young and the healthy—”

Ellmers interjected, “Including men?”

Sebelius said such policies have benefits whether you use them or not, and some benefits include maternity coverage, mental health coverage and domestic violence coverage.

“We’re forcing them to buy things that they will never need,” Ellmers concluded.

Watch the exchange here via CNS News:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


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