I’ve noted that now that the battle for gay marriage has all but ended, transgender rights seem to be next on the agenda.
You know, I’ve got nothing against transgendered people. Based on the fairly extensive research I’ve read, both pro and con, I think the evidence indicates that transgenderism is a real issue that causes real suffering for a relatively small percentage of the population, and that for many of those it is probably something they were born with, perhaps having to do with hormonal glitches affecting fetal brain development in utero.
But having Medicare pay for sex reassignment surgery in a 74-year-old seems preposterous. If a person’s gotten that far in that particular body, why not go the distance? Practically speaking it really doesn’t come up very often. But, as the article indicated, Medicare rulings such as this often pave the way for private insurance, too. Will the Obamacare powers-that-be insist that transgender reassignment surgery coverage, like birth control, be something every health insurance policy must have? And what about Medicaid, which so far doesn’t cover it? It seems to me that if Medicare pays for it then Medicaid can’t be far behind.
Administration officials originally sought to overturn the ban in 2013, but the attempt prompted a backlash among social conservatives and religious groups who oppose taxpayer funding for such procedures.
What’s different about 2014, I wonder? Is it just that we are so preoccupied with so much that our attention is diverted? Is it that people feel powerless to stop this administration in its administrative rulings?