The “one-size-fits-all” way to go about health care with the Democrats’ “Medicare for All” bill will cause taxpayers to bear abortion expenses and force medical professionals to perform abortions, as GOP lawmakers are warning.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), along with Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), wrote a Fox News op-ed that was published on Tuesday, laying out the facts on the controversial bill’s effect in regard to abortion.
The Medicare for All bill, which was led by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and cosponsored by several other candidates, has been criticized over its hefty price tag of $32 trillion over 10 years, which is “hard to wrap your head around,” as the pair wrote.
“We need to cut health care costs, not completely demolish our health care system,” they declared.
As for abortion, the health care bill would shift away from decadeslong bipartisan protection and instead require “taxpayer-funded abortions on demand and force health professionals to perform these abortions” — which they labeled “radical and unprecedented.”
When questioning the bill’s coverage of abortions, Scalise and Walden said it would because the bill covers “comprehensive reproductive, maternity, and newborn care.”
“This means abortion-on-demand, funded by taxpayers,” they said.
Additionally, medical professionals would be forced to perform abortions under Medicare for All, as the bill says that “items and services to eligible persons shall be furnished by the provider without discrimination.”
The congressmen continued:
The debate over health-care solutions is hard, but worthy of our best, because the choices we make now will impact the lives millions of Americans. That is why this is so important; why we must hold the line and defend life. Life is precious and we are committed to defending it.
As IJR Red previously reported, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas warned that Medicare for All policies — such as free tuition, health care, family leave, and child care — would foot hefty bills to taxpayers, costing “over $20,000 per taxpayer.”
“I know trillion is kind of hard to get your arms around, but when you bring it down per taxpayer, we are talking more than a $20,000 increase in taxes,” MacGuineas said.