In a debate about health care, Republican Rep. Shimkus asked why men should pay for prenatal care. Does he think all children are virgin births?

At the start, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.) was talking with Republican Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.) about Shimkus’s objections to the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for health-insurance plans.
As a reminder, former president Barack Obama’s signature 2010 health-care law ordered that all health plans cover certain essential health benefits, such as doctor visits, hospital care and prescription drugs.
The law also required plans to cover pregnancy and childbirth. That’s where the fireworks started in the Energy and Commerce Committee.
“What mandate in the Obamacare bill does he take issue with?” Doyle asked Shimkus, using the formal parlance of congressional committees.
“What about men having to purchase prenatal care?” Shimkus said.
At that point, one could hear the room start to stir.
“I’m just . . . is that not correct?” Shimkus said. “And should they?”

Do women get pregnant all by themselves? Should they get prenatal care if they are carrying male babies?

This has hints of the school choice debate. Everyone pays for public schools, even if they don’t have children. Public schools are a public responsibility. When a state diverts funding to private and religious schools, it diminishes the funding for public schools. It also encourages the belief that individuals are responsible only for the services they personally need or use. Why should you pay to educate other people’s children? It is an investment in our society.