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By J. Matt Barber
I got a call a couple days ago from a producer with MSNBC. He wanted a hard copy of a press release I sent out entitled: â€œObamaCare Likely to Mandate Free â€˜Sex-Changeâ€™ Surgeries.â€ In the release I addressed the likelihood that, under Obamaâ€™s monolithic socialized healthcare scheme, taxpayers may well end up funding elective and entirely cosmetic â€œgender reassignmentâ€ surgeries. I was happy to oblige and asked which program he produced. â€œRachel Maddow,â€ he reluctantly divulged. I chuckled and joked, â€œOh, Iâ€™m sure Rachel will give me a glowing review.â€
I then suggested that it would be better still if Rachel actually had me on the show to defend and debate the substance of my release. He declined. Understandable, though. Ms. Maddow â€“ a hard-left lesbian activist who plays a pseudo-journalist on TV â€“ certainly wouldnâ€™t want me confusing all 242 of her wide-eyed, spoon-fed, Kool-Aid swilling viewers with the facts. (By the way, Rachel, sweetheart, if you have the guts, the offer still stands.)
In what was apparently an awkward attempt at ridicule, Maddow then focused like a laser on the title of my release. True to form, she twisted and spun like the Michelle Kwan of yellow journalism. I was disappointed. Not because she transparently distorted my words. I counted on that. I was disappointed because I actually expected the allegedly clever, Oxford educated talking-head to pull it off with some degree of satirical dexterity.
She did not.
Did Maddow mock me for suggesting that ObamCare might provide taxpayer funded â€œsex-changeâ€ operations? No. Did she deride me for mean-spiritedness, insensitivity and â€œtransphobiaâ€? No. Instead, she just lied. She dishonestly suggested that I claimed the government was going to â€œmandate sex-change operations.â€ Get it? That, if ObamaCare becomes reality, healthcare officials will knock down your door, drag you away and force you to undergo a â€œgender reassignmentâ€ surgery. I know â€“ Silly.
Still, what Maddow didnâ€™t say speaks volumes. She didnâ€™t refute any of the substance of my release. She didnâ€™t deny the real likelihood that such cosmetic procedures will be covered at taxpayer expense. And she certainly didnâ€™t give me the opportunity to respond to her propagandist obfuscation.
But it didnâ€™t stop with Maddow. Those adorable, patchouli soaked little left-wing lemmings at the Daily Kos, Wonkette and elsewhere also picked up on my release. I was surprised to see that many of them, in fact, agreed with the substance of my argument. Quite a few opined that â€œsex-changeâ€ surgeries should be covered at taxpayer expense and a number of them conceded that they almost certainly will.
So what prompted me to break this story in the first place? Well, when Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) asked Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) whether President Obamaâ€™s proposed socialized healthcare plan will mandate taxpayer funded abortion, she 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, in fact, cosmetic â€œgender reassignmentâ€ surgeries for both U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants who suffer from APA recognized â€œGender Identity Disorderâ€ (GID) may indeed 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€œparticipation in the institutionsâ€™ programs of individuals and groups fromâ€¦different genders and sexual orientations.â€
So, does ObamaCare expressly stipulate that taxpayer funded â€œsex-changeâ€ operations will be provided? No, but neither does it explicitly require coverage for heart bypass surgery. Donâ€™t forget; weâ€™re talking about whatâ€™s â€œmedically appropriateâ€ here, and look who gets to make that subjective determination: Your doctor? No, itâ€™s â€œRachel Maddow-mindedâ€ bureaucrats within the Democratic Party. Itâ€™s a liberal-Democrat appointed government â€œHealth Benefits Advisory Committee.â€ And if you think theyâ€™re not itching to pay back the homosexual, transgender and pro-abortion pressure groups that helped get them elected, Iâ€™ve got a house at 1600 Pennsylvania I want to sell you.
Still, thereâ€™s a gulf of difference between what Obama and liberals in Congress, and the American people deem â€œmedically appropriate;â€ especially when itâ€™s â€œwe the peopleâ€ footing the bill. Itâ€™s unconscionable to force Americans, against their conscience, to fund abortion on demand and to facilitate gender confusion by subsidizing the elective practice of genital â€œsex-changeâ€ mutilation.
But donâ€™t just take my word for it. After hearing Sen. Mikulskiâ€™s â€œany 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€œan assurance that the proposed healthcare plan will not allow taxpayer funded â€˜gender reassignmentâ€™ 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.
Indeed itâ€™s no wonder that â€“ as Americans find out whatâ€™s hidden within this socialized ObamaCare monstrosity â€“ support for the plan is plummeting faster than MSNBCâ€™s ratings.
Itâ€™s time for the mainstream press â€“ yes you too Rachel Maddow â€“ to do its job and demand straight answers. Instead of prancing around like little ObamaCare cheerleaders, journalists need to ask the same questions I did and refuse to take â€œno answerâ€ for an answer.
But donâ€™t hold your breath.
Thankfully, we donâ€™t have to. Wanna have a little fun? Contact your Congressional representative and ask the following question: â€œWill you personally guarantee that, under this plan, no taxpayer dollars will go to fund abortion or â€˜sex-changeâ€™ operations?â€™â€
Then sit back and watch them squirm.
Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action. Send comments to Matt at email@example.com. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)