While I agree with Tsung-Mei Cheng’s and Uwe Reinhardt’s point in their op-ed in the Washington Post to the effect that there is no “war on men” in health care:
Last week, during a committee hearing on the Republicans’ health-care plan, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) asked Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) to name a mandated benefit in the Affordable Care Act to which he objected. Shimkus replied: “What about men having to purchase prenatal care?”
Shimkus is probably not the only member in Congress who believes that forcing men to purchase health insurance that includes maternal care is unfair; it represents what some have characterized as a war on men, as several conservative health-policy wonks also have argued.
I think they might want to be cautious in how far they push the idea that men have a stake in childbirth and the rearing of children as well as women. That leads in directions in which they will meet with bitter opposition.