Daily Beast reports that, thanks to Obamacare, we all get to pay for gender reassignment surgery, an elective surgery that is too often used to replace needed psychological care. The surgery is only the first expense, there are costs for the rest of the transgender’s life. It’s a self-induced, lifelong medical condition.
The federal anti-discrimination regulations have not been written, however Covered California insurance regulators have said that companies must treat transgender patients the same as other patients. In other words, if plans cover hormones for post-menopausal women, they must also cover them for transgender women.
Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled, lifted its ban on covering sex reassignment surgery earlier this year.
Conservative and religious groups question whether theses procedures are medically necessary, ethical or effective.
“We would oppose sex change operations all together,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. “But as a public policy issue, we would feel particularly strongly that taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to pay for it.”
Would it be better to provide intensive therapy instead of promoting the mutilation of one’s body?
The Daily Beast talks about one successful case in which the transgender person now feels complete but they don’t talk about those cases in which the person regrets the decision and would like to reverse or has reversed the surgery.
The transgender woman they discuss was married and they continued to live together after he revealed his desire to become a woman. At least they did until his/her wife drank herself to death. She died of liver disease.
All is not necessarily good once these surgeries are performed.
One Belgian man, Nathan Verhelst, who is pictured below, was allowed to kill himself with assistance after his botched surgeries made him feel like a “monster.” He said it caused “unbearable psychological suffering.”
The United States can always add assisted suicide to Obamacare for those whose surgeries don’t work out, I point out ironically.
Our Vets can’t get medical care for life-threatening illnesses but we are adding questionable elective surgeries. Something is wrong here.
A friend of mine had leaking breast implants. They were silicone and it was bad for her health to have these things leaking into her body. It wasn’t covered and she mortgaged her house to pay for it. Another friend needs her hip replacement redone but she would have to pay for it herself because it’s not severe enough, though she is in constant pain. Cancer patients can no longer get some of the drugs they need and my friend can no longer afford her arthritis drugs.
Abortion can’t be far behind. Everything leftists regard as important will be taken care of but the elderly and the sick might find themselves on the short end of things. The Complete Lives System, another leftist rationing system, guides the medical community. It devalues life based on age and type of illness to a degree we have never before seen in our once excellent healthcare system.
Can we afford to pay for unnecessary surgeries that might be be the result of psychological problems and which mutilate the body?