Rep. Phil Roe: Obamacare shouldn’t cover pregnancies because my wife is ‘fixed’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:27 EDT
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Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) on Tuesday said that President Barack Obama’s health care law should not force insurance companies to cover reproductive care for women because his wife was “fixed.”

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Policy Summit, Roe told the crowd that he believed that the best way to provide insurance was through health savings accounts (HSA), and allowing people to buy high-deductible health plan’s (HDHP) across state lines.

“Right now, the federal government tells you what you have to buy,” he explained. “I’m going to be a little graphic here, okay? Let me tell you why that’s important, why that’s driven the cost up through the ceiling.”

“I have been fixed. My wife has been fixed,” Roe said. “Both of us have determined if we thought we had to raise another kid right now, we would jump off the Capitol, head first into the parking lot, face first. You got the idea, don’t want any more kids.”

Roe complained that Obamacare forced him to buy pediatric dental coverage, pediatric vision coverage, infertility coverage and female reproductive coverage.

“Of which, I don’t need any of,” he noted. “And those are the reason you buy, with a health savings account and a catastrophic policy, what you and your family need.”

The slang term “fixed” is most often used in veterinary medicine to refer to a spayed female animal or neutered male animal.

In the end, Roe asserted that the only way to deal with the Affordable Care Act was “with a nuclear bomb.”

“We have to get rid of this monstrosity and repeal it.”

Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast Feb. 10, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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