SJWs Compare GOP Health Care Bill to 'The Handmaid's Tale'

On Thursday, the Republican House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a partial repeal and replace of Obamacare. Democrats sang and jeered, all while insisting that people will die. But liberals on Twitter went even further — they compared the AHCA to the misogynistic dystopia depicted in Hulu's series "The Handmaid's Tale."

"Instead of our bank account, they're taking away our health insurance; and you thought Handmaid's Tale was just a fictional story. #AHCA," tweeted Sahaj Kohli, senior contributors editor at The Huffington Post.

Kohli was referring to the genesis of "Gilead," the dystopian world of "The Handmaid's Tale," where women are considered the property of men, are not allowed to own money, and where a disgusting caste system forces certain women to be surrogate mothers — through rape rather than artificial insemination. This horror all begins when women suddenly lose access to their bank accounts, which Kohli associated with the AHCA.

This exceedingly tenuous connection was justified by Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, whose op-ed in The Hill argued that the MacArthur-Meadows amendment, which lets states waive costly sections of Obamacare, would especially hurt women who have been raped.

Scaramella told the harrowing story of a 45-year-old woman who was drugged and raped, and given a prescription of post-HIV exposure drugs by her doctor. "When the woman lost her health insurance several months after the attack, she was unable to obtain new insurance due to the health care treatment she had received for the assault."

These kinds of insurance denials due to pre-existing conditions have been a central argument against the AHCA. Some have argued that pre-existing conditions that could lead to a denial of coverage include postpartum depression, being pregnant, having had a C-section, and being a survivor of domestic violence.

But, as Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown argued, nothing in the AHCA specifically addresses sexual assault or domestic violence whatsoever. The MacArthur-Meadows amendment allows states to apply for waivers that allow insurance companies — under limited circumstances — to charge higher premiums based on personal medical histories. But states granted these waivers must also set up special high-risk insurance pools to help defray costs for these people.

Historically, some insurance plans included pregnancy as a pre-existing condition, but that did not mean any woman who was or had been pregnant would be denied insurance, simply that those applying for insurance while pregnant might not be eligible for immediate maternity or prenatal care. In the 1980s, some domestic abuse victims were denied coverage.