Remember the transgender murderer who brutally killed his wife and left her in a car trunk in a parking lot after she yelled at him for walking around in her clothes? Turns out, he was able to get a million dollar sex-change surgery at taxpayer’s expense [It was originally supposed to cost $20,000]. It was approved by a federal judge.
Why do we care about this murderer and why should taxpayers have to pay for a murderer’s sex change operation?
We will be giving seniors the blue or red pill instead of hip replacements under Obamacare, but that’s okay as long as we make sure to give murderers their much-needed surgeries. [Read about the murderer here]
Last June, an Oregon worker sued his/her insurance company for failing to give her/him a hysterectomy to help in his/her transformation to a man.
The woman-transforming-to-a-man, Alec Esquivel, 42, works for the Court of Appeals and his/her lawsuit claims this is the same healthcare coverage provided to his/her co-workers, i.e., the hysterectomy is the same health need as any other woman even though Alec’s was for reasons other than a physical health need. S/he also demanded $250,000 in emotional damages.
I don’t care at all if Mr. Esquivel wants transgender surgery nor do I want to equate Mr. Esquivel with the transgender murderer. That is not the point.
The point is that this is his/her problem and it is a personal choice.
Earlier in 2012. Portland, Oregon’s largest city, passed transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for city employees. San Francisco and Portland’s Multnomah County also guaranteed such coverage. The bailed-out Goldman-Sachs pays for transgender surgery.
If I want a face-lift because aging causes me emotional distress, shall I force the state to pay for it? By this standard, the answer is “Yes!” New York state is paying for teachers in Buffalo to have cosmetic surgery because they are vain. I don’t buy that Alec’s need is any different.
What happens if Alec later decides the surgery was a mistake and caused emotional distress, does Alec sue again?
I don’t know why I have to pay for Sandra Fluke’s birth control either.
There are some things people should pay for themselves because not everything is the responsibility of the collective.
It doesn’t matter what I think though. Regulators in Oregon and California directed some health insurance companies to provide coverage for transgender patients that directly applies to their gender identity. It no longer matters what a person’s gender is, it matters what the person thinks his/her gender is.
Insurance companies were told to pay for “a transgender person’s hormone therapy, breast reduction, cancer screening or any other procedure deemed medically necessary if they cover it for patients who aren’t transgender.”
If a person is developing a bad back because of overly-large breasts, breast reduction makes sense. It does not make sense if the person wants it to satisfy some personal desire.
This won’t be sustainable for private health insurance companies and it is one more step towards Obama’s single payer health care system.
What happens when it becomes unsustainable for taxpayers who won’t have health insurance companies to bear some of the burden? I think we all know the answer to that.
This is our future under collectivist healthcare. We are becoming a very weird country.