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There Are More Ted Cruzes Than Women On the Senate Republicans’ Health Care Committee

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Perhaps responding to the backlash against the House of Representatives’ vicious “abomination” of a health care bill, the U.S. Senate has formed its own committee to draft health care legislation. Although the House’s proposed bill – which allows pregnancy, C-sections, and being transgender to be considered as preexisting conditions – essentially makes being a woman into a preexisting condition, the thirteen members of the Senate committee are all men. 

Speaking to CNN, a Republican aide hilariously tried to justify the committee as “diverse,” because its members differ on the question of how many people they should kill. “We have no interest in playing the games of identity politics,” said the aide, “That’s not what this is about; it’s about getting a job done. We’ll work with any member of any background who wants to pass a health reform bill that will reduce premiums and take away the burdens that Obamacare inflicted.”

The aide continued: “To reduce this to gender, race or geography misses the more important point of the diverse segments of the conference the group represents on policy — from members who support Medicaid expansion, to those opposed to it, to those who have called for long term full repeal.”

The members of the committee are as follows:

  • Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Sen. John Cornyn of Texas
  • Sen. John Thune of South Dakota
  • Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming
  • HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
  • Budget Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming
  • Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah
  • Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas
  • Sen. Mike Lee of Utah
  • Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas
  • Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado
  • Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio
  • Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

You’ll notice that Wyoming, despite being one of the whitest and least populated states in the Union, somehow has both of its senators on this committee which will affect the entire United States. Cool!

They’re not even pretending anymore.

(Via CNN and Quartz; image via Nation of Change)

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