President Donald Trump called on Congress to ensure affordable healthcare for women and access to paid family leave in observance of Women’s Health Week.
In a statement issued Sunday — Mother’s Day — Trump said he recognizes the importance of healthcare for women. He pointed to the top two killers of women in the United States: cancer and heart disease.
“Thanks to new breast cancer treatments, our health care professionals have saved lives and improved the quality of life for millions of women,” he said. “We must continue to foster an environment that rewards these needed advances in research.”
Trump said it’s important for Congress to ensure quality, affordable healthcare to reduce the number of women dying from these diseases.
What do Trump supporters in the comments say? Why, this is brilliant social engineering in which the government induces women of childbearing age to engage in patriotic lebensborn! Here is a sampling…
There’s a deep and consistent logic here. Most western countries have birth-rates below replacement. Sometimes far below. The US is borderline, and if we are indeed to stanch the flow of illegal immigrants the stability and modest growth of our population depends upon more babies. Family leave, etc. make having an extra baby — or even *a* baby at all — marginally easier. This is the other side of the immigration coin, and entirely congruent with Trump’s rather centrist beliefs. He’s playing a long game here at a time when the population of Russia is crashing so fast that it will be about the same as Japan in 20 or 25 years.
Fine with me. We need more kids to have a country with a future, and we need women’s votes to retain power so we can make progress on fixing the country. Expanded women’s healthcare also offers conservatives (if they show up) an opportunity to seize the initiative from the left and demonstrate how to do medicine better.
…and of course…
In relativistic 4D chess, it’s prudent to let the game play out before casting Newtonian odds.