Verily, there are assholes and they walk among us (boldface mine):
As the health care bill that was to become known as Obamacare was making its way through Congress in 2009, Senator Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, sought to block the requirement that health insurers cover a minimum set of health benefits determined by the federal government.
“I don’t need maternity care,” said Senator Kyl, who retired from the Senate last year at the age of 70. “Requiring that on my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive.”
One could go on and on about how we all benefit from maternity care for all mothers: it will lower healthcare costs, their children will be healthier, reducing future economic costs, and so on. But really, the only response should be:
What the hell is wrong with you? Who opposes healthy babies? Just how goddamn selfish are you?
(And it’s probably worth noting that Kyl takes the standard conservative ‘pro-life’ position, namely the sanctity of life begins at conception and ends at child birth).
If you prefer a more classy version, there’s Eduardo Porter:
Pregnant women, across the country and anywhere along the income spectrum, will for the first time have guaranteed access to health insurance offering a minimum standard of care that will help keep their babies alive.
Keep babies alive. You have to be one mean son-of-a-bitch to oppose that, especially in the U.S. where are infant mortality rate is disgustingly high for a developed country. Mind you, Kyl was not some crank living on a remote compound. He was an elected Republican official. His views are not a bug, but a feature. Figuratively and literally, he represents conservative thought (such as it is).
And the congregation responds: This is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things.