This is a photo of lawmakers discussing taking away maternity coverage

You may uncover a certain group of people missing.

On Thursday, a bunch of males met on the White Dwelling to debate taking away in all probability 1000’s and 1000’s of women’s safety for being pregnant, maternity, and new youngster care.

The White Dwelling meeting was broadly regarding the American Effectively being Care Act, the Republican bill meant to repeal and alter Obamacare. Nevertheless it was centered on whether or not or not the bill should embody a repeal of 10 “essential health benefits” that insurers throughout the specific individual market ought to cowl. Amongst these benefits is being pregnant, maternity, and new youngster care.

However Vice President Mike Pence, who was on the meeting along with President Donald Trump and Republican members of the Dwelling Freedom Caucus, tweeted out a picture exhibiting that the meeting didn’t symbolize the exact people who most instantly revenue from being pregnant, maternity, and new youngster safety of their properly being plans: ladies. This, unsurprisingly, drew quick criticism from groups like Planned Parenthood.

Appreciated turning into a member of @POTUS for meeting with the Freedom Caucus as soon as extra proper now. That’s it. #PassTheBill

— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 23, 2017

This isn’t a coincidence. As my colleague Sarah Kliff has explained, evaluation reveals that when ladies are put in positions of political power, they’re further in all probability than males to speak to ladies’s factors. So a bunch of males would possibly want a much more sturdy time discussing why these benefits shouldn’t be required beneath medical insurance coverage legal guidelines.

In precise truth, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has told an anecdote regarding the power of women on this exact debate: “During the health care debate, [Sen.] Debbie Stabenow’s sitting at a table during a somewhat boring negotiation on the Finance Committee. And one of the male senators said, ‘Well, I don’t know why we would need maternity benefits in here. I’ve never used them. Why would they be mandatory?’ And she says, ‘I bet your mother did.’”

As Klobuchar outlined, “Having women at the table is incredibly important, not just for the numbers and for representing our country and equality, but also that they’re able to get things done in a unique way. Based on your own experiences, you can relate more and immediately see the unfairness of a problem that others are experiencing.”

However ladies, a minimum of based totally on Pence’s picture, merely weren’t present on the White Dwelling meeting to reflect these experiences.

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