During a healthcare debate on CNN on Monday, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) remarked that she loved the male senators on stage with her, “but maybe if we added a few more women senators,” before she was drowned out by applause from the crowd.
Klobuchar said, “One in five women get their health care from Planned Parenthood. And I am strongly opposed to this bill’s provisions to defund Planned Parenthood, number one. Number two, the bill changes what are called essential benefits, and that was one of the positive changes that was made with Obamacare. And what that said is, maternity care has to be offered and…contraceptives have to be offered. This changes that. And 50 million women aren’t going to be very happy about that, right? So that is one of the major reasons we’re opposing this. I still remember that debate about making maternity care an essential benefit. One of the Republican senators said to Senator Stabenow (D-MI), ‘I don’t know why you’d include that. I would never use it,’ and without missing a beat she said, ‘I bet your mother did.’ And guess what? It got included and it’s still included. And that’s something we have to protect. One more thing I’d add, I love these guys, but maybe if we added a few more women senators, I could be a little [inaudible].”
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