Men should pay for prenatal care

Men should pay for prenatal care

On March 10, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, made this public statement: "Men should not have to pay for prenatal health care." Oh, really?

The outcry against the statement has been overwhelming. Here's why:

The premise of insurance works is not an a la carte salad bar. The concept of all insurance is the majority of people buying it may never use it. This provides benefits for the other members of the pool of insured when they need it. My premium pays for your hospital bills.

Men have a part in making the babies for which the insurance is used. Women pay for men's prostate care for men (women do not have a prostate). If anyone has a complaint about how insurance works, it would be women.

A Christian, or generally compassionate person, wants all children to be as healthy as possible. Not only is that the right thing to do, there also are huge benefits to society.

Children grow up, they work and pay taxes. Children become doctors, police and firefighters. They will build our houses, fix our roads, start new businesses, you name it. Children are a vital part of our future. In fact, they are our future.

I am going to soon officially announce my candidacy to run against Rep. Shimkus in 2018. In the meantime, if you have ideas, issues, concerns and aspirations, please contact me at 217-586-7809 (office) or 217-841-3419 (cell).

CARL SPOERER

Mahomet

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