Here’s a revealing exchange from the House rules Committee last Friday:
In promoting the House health bill, New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone made reference to discrimination by insurance companies, citing their reluctance to insure people with preexisting conditions and differences in costs based on gender. “But that’s not against the law,” Texas Republican Pete Sessions said.
Pallone replied, “No, but we would make it against the law. Why do you have a problem with that?” he asked. “Why should a woman pay more than a man?”
“Well, we’re all different,” Sessions explained. “Why should a smoker pay more,” he said before getting interrupted by a burst of chatter throughout the room.
We’re seen this view crop up in the Senate too, where Claire McCaskill has to remind Jon Kyl of the importance of mothers. I’m genuinely curious how the so-called “conservatives” justify this kind of thinking when they are supposed to be pro-family, pro-personal responsibility, and so forth and so one. Anyone have a good link? I honestly think it’s all BS, the Republicans seem to me to be dominated by a toxic mix of greed and belief in their own superiority. Good for Pallone, for standing up to them. Maybe next time Pallone can ask Sessions to exclude football injuries, that might get a Texan’s attention. Still, I can’t help but wonder when we’ll have a New Jersey woman in Congress again. These are situations where we can see diversity really matters.