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After the House passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans in the Senate created a committee to craft the Senate's own health care bill—a group comprised of 13 men. Democrats criticized the GOP for excluding all five Republican female Senators, especially given how the new health care bill will impact women's health. But GOP aides scoffed at the critique, saying this was no time for quotas: "We have no interest in playing the games of identity politics." What do you think?

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Critics said the group's lack of diversity or gender balance would eliminate crucial viewpoints.

"The GOP is crafting policy on an issue that directly impacts women without including a single woman in the process. It's wrong," Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
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But Republicans brushed off critiques of the all-male committee, saying now is not the time for identity politics or gender-based quotas. A GOP aide defended the makeup of the group:

"We have no interest in playing the games of identity politics, that's not what this is about; it's about getting a job done," the aide said. "We'll work with any member of any background who wants to pass a health reform bill that will reduce premiums and take away the burdens that Obamacare inflicted."
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But given how much the AHCA will affect coverage for pregnancy, women's reproductive health, and care for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, many are angry that including women in this group is seen as an empty gesture by the Republicans.

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There are five Republican female senators in the current Congress, and some have called for Sen. Susan Collins or Sen. Lisa Murkowski to be added to the committee.

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But some say this is just more identity politics from the left. What matters is passing a good health care bill, not the gender of the people working on it.

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And conservatives say this is just another example of how Democrats demonize white men.

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Do lawmakers need to include women in rewriting Obamacare?
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