Boys vs. Girls

Could Women Pass Health Care?

This is sure to ruffle a few feathers: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) told her constituents that the fighting among the male members of Congress over the health-care bill has become “incredibly disrespectful.” On Capitol Hill, Shea-Porter said, “We go to the ladies room—the Republican women and the Democratic women—and we just roll our eyes at what’s being said out there. And a Republican woman said while we were fighting over the health-care bill, ‘If we sent the men home, we could get this done this weekend.’” The audience responded with loud applause. She added, “I’m not trying to diss men, but I’ll tell you that every single woman there has been responsible for taking care of her mother, her husband’s mother, her children, her sister’s children, her brother’s children, and so we think we could find the common ground there.”