Why do Republicans keep cutting maternity coverage?

Andy Kerr and the MOST important members of Team Kerr: His family. None of whom were dropped by storks, turns out.

One of the many things that is so, so wrong with the Republicans’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is that it would eliminate the requirement that health insurance include maternity coverage.

The argument you hear is “men don’t need it and shouldn’t have to pay for it.” This confuses me. I wasn’t dropped from the air by a stork, and neither were any of my three kids. I have a mom, and my wife Tammy deserves equal health care to mine.

The fact is, maternity coverage isn’t just about women’s health. It’s about ensuring healthy babies and families. Kids who get a healthy start in life because their mother had maternity coverage grow up to be stronger adults.

Women’s health has been something I’ve fought for since I started as a legislator because I believe it’s the right thing to do. One of the first bills I passed required workplaces to accommodate nursing mothers. I believe health care is about all of us — kids, new Moms, and families.

And on Mother’s Day, I think we need to fight for the rights of women to have access to the health care they need — including both contraception and maternity care. And we need to fight back against Republican attempts to take our health care away.

Will you join me?

In solidarity,

Andy