The Risks of American Single-Payer for Women’s Health
Single-payer health insurance, also known as Medicare for All, refers to medical care that is financed by a government agency and delivered by private healthcare practitioners. The concept of single-payer health care has gradually gained support among leading progressives throughout the nation, and legislation has been proposed in both chambers of Congress to implement Medicare For All. However, one version of single-payer previously proposed in the House may have unintended consequences for reproductive healthcare. Due to the Hyde Amendment, passing single-payer legislation could ultimately ensure that insurance coverage of abortions becomes unavailable for American women. One piece of legislation proposed in the Senate has corrected this error with wording that addresses other laws restricting Medicare funding for reproductive health services, such as the Hyde Amendment. Further revisions of current drafts may be necessary before implementation to determine and change other potential impacts of single-payer legislation.