Bernie Sanders Calls for Taxpayer-Funded ‘Gender-Affirmation Surgeries’
Presidential candidate also stresses the need to provide 'abortion care'
Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled his $62 billion plan to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), vowing to end the exclusion of “medically necessary gender-affirmation surgeries," stressing the need to provide “abortion care.”
Sanders unveiled his VA plan on Veterans Day, proposing $62 billion in new funding to revamp the VA.
Sanders’ plan states:
“Today, due to serious underfunding, the VA’s infrastructure is crumbling and in vital need of repair. VA hospitals have gone without needed updates and maintenance, and outpatient clinics and Vet Centers have gone unopened."
“As President, Bernie will invest at least $62 billion in the infrastructure needed to provide the cutting-edge health care services our veterans have earned and deserve,” it adds.
Sanders's plan devotes a significant portion to guaranteeing quality health care for veterans, which he says, Medicare for All will improve.
“Coupled with Medicare for All, veterans will be able to rely on a health care system that is working for them, not against them; a system focused on a person’s health, not their ability to pay,” his plan states.
But part fo that quality medical care should include the ability to undergo taxpayer-funded “medically necessary gender affirmation surgeries” and receive "abortion care," Sanders states.
Sanders pledges to “end the VA’s blanket exclusion on medically necessary gender-affirmation surgeries” and also “ensure that women veterans will no longer be forced outside the VA system for basic women’s health services, including fertility treatment, abortion care, or specialized cancer treatment and prevention services.”
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In July, Sanders said his 'Medicare for all' plan would help save the US money despite it costing between $30 trillion and $40 trillion over ten years.
The 2020 hopeful rubbished criticisms of his plan's feasibility as “absurd,” arguing that it would save money, according to The Washington Post.
"What the most serious economists tell us, that if we do nothing to fundamentally change the health care system, which is what Joe [Biden] was talking about, keeping it as it is, we'll be spending something like $50 trillion over a 10-year period,” he said.
Last month, Democratic frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) declared during a Thursday night town hall event that transgender prison inmates are "entitled" to receive taxpayer-funded gender assignment surgery.
Warren argued that the state should pay for incarcerated convicts to have sex-change operations, no matter the crime committed by the criminals.
Sen. Warren was responding to a question by CNN’s Chris Cuomo when she made the remarks.