CNN’s Erin Burnett: Where Are the Women in the Group of GOP Senators Working on Health Care?


CNN’s Erin Burnett opened her show tonight by focusing on how the 13 Republican senators working on health care are all men.

“There is not one woman at the table to represent more than half the population of this country,” she said. “Why couldn’t they find one woman to represent the concerns of 126 million female adults in the United States of America?”

She pointed to issues like childbirth and ovarian cancer where, Burnett suggested, it might be helpful to have a woman in the room.

CNN’s list of the 13 senators working on the legislation matches up with reports elsewhere, and one Republican aide had this to say to CNN in response:

“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. 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. To reduce this to gender, race or geography misses the more important point of the diverse segments of the conference the group represents on policy — from members who support Medicaid expansion, to those opposed to it, to those who have called for long term full repeal.”

Burnett said it seems like “a pretty glaring omission” to not have a single female Republican senator––there are five––in that group. She asked, “Are Republicans really gonna cut the women in their party out of the process?”

CNN’s Phil Mattingly said this was “not hard to miss” in looking over that list

Watch above, via CNN.

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