Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at Black Community News.
Medicare, in theory, assures that elderly people who’ve paid into the system receive health care. This program, along with Social Security and Medicaid, accounts for about 45 percent of our federal budget. Now that Americans are living longer and having fewer children, there are fewer working people available to pay into the system. Rather than alleviating the problem, however, the government just opened the door to wider and stranger definitions of health care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ruled that Medicare will be used to pay for sex-change operations. Having genitals removed/altered because one doesn’t feel like a man or a woman isn’t health care. From Christian News:
Prior to Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to pay for individuals’ sex-change operations through Medicare. The department held that the surgeries were not medically necessary and thus should not be sponsored by the federal government.
However, an HHS review board reversed this position last Friday, saying sex reassignment surgeries—which can cost as much as $50,000—are legitimate medical operations and should be funded by Medicare. Supporters of “transgender rights” described the ruling as a landmark decision which struck down an outdated ban.
The story features an elderly Army veteran who calls himself “Denee Mallon,” who wants to have his genitals removed because he wants to be a woman. He’ll never be a woman, of course, unless the doctor swaps out his Y chromosomes for Xs.
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