When politicians make reckless threats to “defund Planned Parenthood,” what they really mean is this: They’re going to cut low-income people on Medicaid off from using their insurance to get basic health care from Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses.
That’s how defunding Planned Parenthood would actually play out. It’s not Congress saving money by taking “Planned Parenthood” out of a budget somewhere — it’s the federal government telling people in this country where they can and can’t get health care. And the worst part is many of these people have nowhere else to go — because without Planned Parenthood, there just wouldn’t be enough providers to deliver the millions of medical services these health centers provide each year. And kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid would create enormous problems at some health centers — and could even force some of them to close.