Sen. Bernie Sanders’s latest single-payer health-care bill would pay for abortions, effectively eliminating the longstanding Hyde Amendment, a federal law that bars taxpayer money from directly funding abortions.
The senator unveiled his plan, dubbed “Medicare for all,” on Wednesday afternoon, which would require taxpayers to foot most everyone’s health-care bills. Notably, the bill includes no specifics on how this massive government expansion would be paid for, and the United States’ budget deficits and national debt are at historic and unsustainable highs.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, which killed more than 300,000 pre-born children last year, said they “applaud” the Vermont senator’s proposal.
“Planned Parenthood applauds Senator Sanders for ensuring that under his healthcare proposal women would have coverage for comprehensive reproductive healthcare services, including abortion, maternity care and preventive health services,” Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement, according to The Washington Examiner.
Most Americans do not want their tax dollars to be spent on abortions. Sixty-two percent of Americans and 63 percent of American women oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, according to a Marist poll.