How can we get health care done? Easy, if you believe some women in Congress:
I heard about Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s (D-N.H.) comments before they hit the mainstream media yesterday, thanks to XM Radio channel POTUS (Politics of the United States!) — send the men home and we just might get health care reform done!
The poor congresswoman is taking all sorts of flack now for that comment with Republican men crying, “SEXISM!” But is it sexist if it’s true?
If both Democratic and Republican women are having chats in the ladies’ rooms of Congress and really are rolling their eyes about the men who can’t seem to agree on anything, then there’s probably some truth to her point.
For the most part, women are the ones dealing with care-giving issues for children, parents, in-laws, sisters, and extended family. How can lawmakers really weigh in on what’s needed to address these issues unless they’ve got first-hand experience with some of them? Of course, there are some men who take responsibility for these issues, but it’s a pretty safe bet that most men in Congress, given the generations they are from, have not been the primary person in their families taking on these issues. And until you’ve lived those experiences, it’s easy to have conversations about the more abstract issues of health care legislation (and how to keep your insurance company campaign contributors happy) than it is if you’re the one who’s had to deal with insurance companies denying coverage for needed medical care, watch family members be denied coverage or figure out if what little money they have is going to be spent for medicine or food.
So Shea-Porter is taking fire from the GOP who claims she should be focused on getting legislation passed to help her constituents instead of making what they’ve called inappropriate remarks. I think that’s exactly what she’s doing. It must be hard for the men on Capitol Hill to hear the truth. But they can’t escape it by trying to call it sexist. And last time I checked, truth was an absolute defense!