Yesterday I was talking to my coworker about infertility a bit, and she asked if I thought insurance would soon cover infertility treatments. Coincidentally, later that day was when Representative Phil Gingrey publicly perpetrated the misinformation of the causes of infertility, while at the same time supporting Todd Akin's foot-in-mouth comments about "legitimate rape" (or at least, said Akin was "partly right").
I think I'm most upset about these comments for two reasons.
The first is that he is a House representative. Now, it's not unusual for people in government to "misspeak" or to spread misinformation. But when that misinformation is the basis of potential policy that will affect my body, it concerns me.
Two, it's that he was a GYNECOLOGIST! He was a doctor who specialized in women's bodies! He should know first-hand what kinds of issues women's reproductive systems can have. And the fact that he is spreading misinformation not only as a representative of government but also as someone seemingly well educated in a related field - it infuriates me.
After I read the article, I struck up the discussion of insurance coverage with my coworker again. As long as there are people in government who believe that women are just plain wrong if they think that infertility is an actual disease, there's no way insurance will cover treatments. As long as people like Gingrey perpetuate the myth that "all there is to getting pregnant is to relax," insurance will be more likely to cover $10 bottles of wine before they cover $15,000 IVF.
At least take that $14,990 and send Gingrey back to medical school before he opens his mouth again.