Your Tax Dollars are Subsidizing Sex Changes – The Left Celebrates

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Ah, the Daily Beast. If Joseph Stalin were alive today, he would probably disregard the site as too socialist for his tastes. Nevertheless, the writers there seem to know how to attract an audience with their left-wing pandering and Salon-lite reporting. Yesterday, they decided it was time to have a moment of tearful praise for Obamacare, without which transgender people might not be able to afford the surgeries and hormones required to make their sex changes a success.

“Among the less-talked-about implications of the Affordable Care Act,” the writer muses, “is the relief it is providing to many transgender people, many of whom are low-income and who have struggled to obtain health coverage.”

Hmm, could there be a reason not many people are talking about such a “benefit”? Could it be because the total number of transgender people in America amounts to less than 0.223% of the population? Hell, more illegal immigrants come across the border in any given year than there are transgenders.

Another reason – just tossing ideas out there, mind you – could be because most Americans don’t like the idea of their tax dollars going to pay for such nonsense. This probably doesn’t mean much to liberal commentators who grew up to waste their parents’ money on Gender Studies degrees, but people who work hard for every dollar tend to get a little peeved when they see their money wasted on frivolities.

Look, have a sex change if that’s what makes you happy. Turn yourself into a man, turn yourself into a woman, turn yourself into a kangaroo. It really isn’t going to make a difference in how any of us go through our own lives, particularly when you remember what a small percentage of the population we’re talking about.

But when you act like paying for sex change surgery is an obligation that rests on the rest of the taxpayers, you’ve really lost me. To pretend like such a surgery is in any way medically necessary is not only a joke from a healthcare standpoint but an affront to common sense. Debate still rages in the psychiatric community over whether or not to classify gender identity disorder as a mental illness, but that’s neither here nor there. I would have no problem with providing mental health treatment for people who are plagued with demons.

Providing taxpayer-sponsored surgeries and hormones for transgender individuals, though, is a step beyond the pale. It would be like asking taxpayers to fund elective breast implants for porn stars, steroids for bodybuilders, and caffeine pills for anorexics. I’m not going to stand in the way of anyone who wants to have a surgeon take a knife to their genitals, but don’t ask me to pay for it. And please don’t try to use this as some weak defense of Obamacare’s glory. If anything, it’s just one more reason to toss this whole healthcare plan into the sewer from which it was birthed.