ObamaCare Likely to Mandate Free â€œSex-Changeâ€ Surgeries
By: Guest Authors
By: Matt Barber
Washington, DC â€“ When asked by Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) whether President Obamaâ€™s proposed socialized healthcare plan will mandate taxpayer funded abortion, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) admitted that it will require â€œany service deemed medically necessary or medically appropriate.â€ It now appears that the planâ€™s â€œmedically appropriateâ€ umbrella is far more expansive than most Americans could have imagined.
In addition to abortion on demand, the weight of the evidence indicates that cosmetic â€œgender reassignmentâ€ surgeries for both U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants who suffer from APA recognized â€œGender Identity Disorderâ€ (GID) may also be provided â€“ free of charge â€“ courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. The current price tag for such a procedure can exceed $50,000.
Page 972 of the House version of the bill (H.R. 3200) provides for â€œstandards, as appropriate, for the collection of accurate data on health and health careâ€ based on â€œsex, sexual orientation [and] gender identity.â€ The Senate draft indicates that the government will â€œdetect and monitor trends in health disparities,â€ requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to â€œdevelop standards for the measurement of gender.â€ (i.e., officially recognize subjectively self-determined â€œtransgenderâ€ or â€œtranssexualâ€ gender identities). It further mandates â€˜â€˜participation in the institutionsâ€™ programs of individuals and groups fromâ€¦different genders and sexual orientations.â€
Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action commented: â€œThereâ€™s a gulf of difference between what Obama and liberals in Congress, and the American people deem â€˜medically appropriate;â€™ especially when itâ€™s â€˜we the peopleâ€™ footing the bill. To force Americans, against their conscience, to fund abortion on demand and to facilitate gender confusion by subsidizing the elective practice of genital â€˜sex-changeâ€™ mutilation is unconscionable.
â€œAfter hearing Sen. Mikulskiâ€™s â€˜any service deemedâ€¦medically appropriateâ€™ admission, I was prompted to dig a little deeper. I contacted the offices of Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. Barney Frank and the House Subcommittee on Health. I asked, very simply, for â€˜an assurance that the proposed healthcare plan will not allow taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgeries or hormone therapies.â€™ When faced with the billâ€™s relevant language, every staffer I spoke with either declined to answer or would neither confirm nor deny that such procedures would be covered.
â€œItâ€™s time for the mainstream media to do its job and demand straight answers on this government healthcare scheme. Instead of acting as ObamaCare cheerleaders, journalists need to ask the same questions I did and refuse to take â€˜no answerâ€™ for an answer. I also call on the American people to ask their Congressional representatives the following question: â€˜Will you pledge to oppose this legislation unless taxpayer funding for both abortion and sex change surgeries are expressly excluded?â€™
â€œItâ€™s no wonder that, as Americans find out whatâ€™s hidden within this socialized ObamaCare monstrosity, furious opposition to it continues to skyrocket.â€