The Medicare for All bill would require the Hyde Amendment to be repealed.
Abortion advocates have expressed enthusiastic support for the bill's inclusion of abortion services.
"Representative Jayapal has been an unwavering champion for women and reproductive freedom and we applaud her leadership today," NARAL Pro-Choice America president and CEO Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.
"Rep. Jayapal's Medicare for All proposal recognizes the simple truth that women will never be equal members in society until we have full access to reproductive healthcare. Put simply, a right is not a right if you cannot access it."
Tom Shakely, the chief engagement officer at Americans United For Life, underscored the need to retain the Hyde amendment and prevent government funds from being used for abortions. He also told CNA that he was concerned by the bill's aim to ban private insurance, noting the it could have serious consequences for healthcare choice and accountability.
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"Every American of goodwill endorses medical care for all persons who need care, but Medicare for All's regressive approach would create a single and unaccountable government monopoly on healthcare," Shakely told CNA in a statement.
"We would never want the U.S. Postal Service to be granted a monopoly over the delivery of all goods in America. Take that principle and apply it to healthcare, if you're not certain of how you feel about Medicare for All."
Christine Rousselle is a former DC Correspondent for Catholic News Agency. Prior to working at CNA, she was the managing web editor of Townhall.com; she has a BA in political science from Providence College.