From: Jeanne Nelson
State Senator Steve Drazkowski’s recent letter to the editor included an opinion, that if reflected in state policy, would be extremely troubling and revealing.
Steve criticizes MNsure because it requires men to purchase coverage for conditions they’ll never have. “For instance, Minnesota law requires men to purchase pregnancy coverage. This must be government’s idea of low cost and common sense.”
Well, where do babies come from? Science tells me that a woman can’t become pregnant by herself.
A healthy pregnancy is a natural, desirable occurrence necessary for society to thrive. Yes, Minnesota government ought to care about men and women having healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
It takes all of us in a civilized country, in one way or another, to care for our children and even for each other.
I probably won’t get prostate cancer, but I bet some part of my insurance money or my tax dollar might subsidize someone receiving care for it. And yes, this is what I want.
Women and children make up the majority of America’s poor; some polls say there are 70 million living in poverty.
Women are providers. We provide care for children, care for elderly parents and care for sick spouses. Yet, some say women earn only 77 percent of what a man earns. Two-thirds of minimum wage earners are women. Seventy percent of these women have little to no sick benefits.
So, in other words, women are expected to do more, earn less, have fewer and less benefits and happily pay more for health insurance.
While people like State Senator Steve Drazkowski have de-funded public education for our children in the classroom, let’s not allow them to de-fund our children’s health and well-being in the womb as well.