Like millions of Americans, members of Congress on Sunday tweeted out fond memories and well-wishes to the moms in their lives in honor of Mother’s Day.
Several Twitter users pointed out that the lawmakers’ sentiments were at odds with their recent votes on the American Health Care Act, a Republican-driven law that has been criticized for the way it overwhelmingly makes health care for women ― especially moms ― worse.
One of the most celebrated aspects of the Affordable Care Act is the way it helped fix some of the gender disparity in health coverage. Pre-ACA, women commonly had to pay more than men for comparable health care coverage, and only a small percent of individual market plans included coverage for benefits like maternity care.
Under the Republican AHCA plan, states would be allowed to remove maternity care as an essential benefit in insurance coverage.
Among those lawmakers who voted in favor of the AHCA on May 4 ― and the people who were having none of their platitudes:
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)
Rep. John Culberon (R-Texas)
Rep. Jason Chaffez (R-Utah)
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)
Luckily for the lawmakers, these burns are probably covered by their insurance.