"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.
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."
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.
All male-Health Care Committee:"We're not going to play the game of identity politics" with you bitches.We'll let you know what you need. pic.twitter.com/3csVzj5XKh