A Missouri Republican is asking his fellow legislators to repeal Obamacare with “manly firmness.”
State Rep. Mike Moon sponsored a resolution that calls on lawmakers to “insist that each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation endeavor with ‘manly firmness’ and resolve to totally and completely repeal the Affordable Care Act, settling for no less than a full repeal.”
The phrase is borrowed from the Declaration of Independence, which praises colonial Americans for opposing with “manly firmness” King George III’s civil rights violations.
The state is represented by six men and two women in the U.S. House of Representatives and one man and one woman in the U.S. Senate.
Moon insisted he did not intend to insult the three women who represent his state in Congress, but he said the resolution reflects his warlike mentality toward the health care law.
“You want a soldier to fight like a man,” Moon said. “If a woman is in the trenches, you want them to fight like a man, too.”
He conceded that some women are “much smarter” than he said, adding, “I tip my hat to them.”
Both Republican women who represent Missouri in the House have voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare, but Moon said Rep. Vicky Hartzler lacks the necessary firmness because she has called for the law to be “repealed and replaced.”
“It was not meant to downplay their womanhood at all,” Moon said. “We just want them to know, every man and lady who is representing us, that we are demanding, as citizens of Missouri, that Obamacare be repealed and make it clear we don’t want a replacement.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wasn’t impressed with Moon’s macho call to arms.
“I don’t think you prove your manhood by kicking folks off their health coverage and once again letting insurance companies discriminate against women and sick people,” McCaskill said.