GOP Lawmaker Asks Why Men Pay For Maternity Care. Woman’s Reply Is Gold.
A GOP congressman asked why men should have to pay for maternity care and this woman’s response is now resonating across the country. Barbara Rank, 63, wrote to her local newspaper, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, after Representative Rod Blum (R-Iowa) made the comments at a town hall meeting. Blum said he’d voted in favor of legislation that repeals and replaces major parts of the Affordable Care Act to “get rid of some of these crazy regulations that Obamacare puts on such as a 62-year-old male having to have pregnancy insurance.” His remark did not sit well with Rank who was in the audience. In her letter to the newspaper, which was published Friday, Rank explained how the lawmaker’s comment had caused her to rhetorically ask herself “why should I pay for a bridge I don’t cross, a sidewalk I don’t walk on, a library book I don’t read?” “Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t appreciate?” the retired special education teacher continued. “Why should I pay the salaries of politicians I didn’t vote for, a tax cut that doesn’t affect me, or a loophole I can’t take advantage of?” Rank ended her missive explaining that she did actually believe in people paying for all of those things by saying how it was all about “democracy,” “a civil society” and “the greater good.”
Someone posted a photograph of her letter to Reddit over the weekend and it has now gone viral, sparking positive reactions across the internet. Rank said she’d laughed at the response to her letter because it’s “such a silly little piece.” The conclusion to the note however, was something she “always” ends up saying, she added. “Every argument I’ve ever had with somebody, friends or relative: “Don’t you want to live in a civil society?” she told The Washington Post. “Government is the structure of the country we live in. It’s not as bad as people make it out to be.” A representative for Blum, later claimed the congressman’s comment which was clearly recorded, had been “taken out of context.” “He was referring to the idea of patients being able to choose health insurance policies that fit their needs, rather than one-size-fits-all policies filled with government mandates.” “Obviously, he understands that taxes pay for things that not everybody uses.” Rank, however, told The Des Moines Register the popularity of her letter “just shows that a lot of people” have the same feelings and thoughts that I did.”
Are We Once Again In A Strong Feminist Movement To Stand Up To Regulations Not In Women’s Best Interests?
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
Yes, and it is going to get even bigger and badder! We have a chauvinist for a president with no respect or regards to women’s rights. Feminism started in the 60’s and 2 generations have fought to keep that fire lit for equality, it will not be let loose quietly nor politely.
Ace of Pentacles: Inverted (Upside Down)
This card is about wealth and material possessions. As always when taking away American’s privileges, it is about a bottom line of how much money is to be made or lost.
Princess of Swords: Inverted
This card is a young woman with new creative thoughts. Since the card is inverted and younger women are most effected by particular health cutbacks such as Planned Parenthood, they will be the ones in the forefront who will fight for their rights.
Ace of Cups: Inverted
This card is gaining one’s heart’s desire. Since inverted, I believe it will never be a clear-cut victory for women’s health rights but a give and take game for a long while.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com