Obama administration clears way for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery

posted at 5:21 pm on May 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

The taxpayer-funded agency in question is Medicare, so if you have a grandma or grandpa who’s itching to endure complex surgery and hormone therapy to rid themselves of a gender they’ve already lived with for 65 years or more, good news. Help is on the way.

Sort of.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Departmental Appeals Board, an internal review structure within the byzantine federal agency, issued a ruling that ended a ban on Medicare even considering covering sex reassignment surgery and related care because a fear of “serious complications” resulting from the “experimental” surgery. That language was issued in 1981, and most medical professional organizations now consider sex reassignment surgery a safe and accepted procedure. The DAB ruling noted the change in how sex reassignment surgery is understood 33 years after the Medicare ban was issued…

Experts say the change to Medicare could have far-reaching implications for American medicine, helping to drive more private insurers to offer coverage for sex reassignment surgery and related care. Though it fits within President Obama’s promise to make the government fairer to LGBT Americans, the DAB announcement was a relatively quiet one. The White House did not trumpet the move, and advocates for the change issued a joint statement hailing it but downplaying it as a revolutionary change for transgender people, instead casting it as bringing Medicare up to speed with the rest of the medical profession.

The demand for sex-reassignment surgery among septuagenarians is small, as you might expect, and the new ruling doesn’t guarantee that a request for coverage will be granted as medically necessary. It simply says that Medicare is no longer required to deny coverage. It’s a gesture, designed to nudge Obama’s new best friends in the insurance industry to follow suit and to impress his base, particularly during a week when transsexuals are already in the news. And it’s not the first time he’s used health-care policy for ideological/gestural reasons, either. (Here’s another gesture in the news, albeit outside the health-care realm.) Releasing this today, with the public distracted by Shinseki and the VA, is a smart bit of media management by the White House and HHS. People who care about this subject will notice. Most people who don’t, won’t.

Is sex-reassignment surgery ever medically necessary? Maybe:

“For someone who cannot get treatment the impact can be devastating,” Levi said. They can be depressed, have serious problems with self-esteem and have difficulty working and forming social relationships, she said.

In some ways the ruling on Friday was more important from a symbolic standpoint than a practical one. Only a small percentage of the population is estimated to be transgender and various surveys have shown that very few opt for surgical interventions. As a result, several studies have shown that the cost — which can be anywhere from $10,000 or more per surgery — to insurers is often negligible.

The Army recently refused to provide Bradley/Chelsea Manning with taxpayer-funded reassignment surgery but has begun to look into transferring him to a civilian prison so that he can get treatment. That’s an interesting accommodation for a person who’s doing time for espionage.

To fully grasp the political significance of this gesture, have a look at WaPo’s digest of Gallup’s new poll on moral issues. On the question of whether homosexuality is morally acceptable (not a perfect proxy for transgender issues but close enough), Republicans have barely shifted since 2005. Thirty-six percent found it acceptable nine years ago versus 39 percent now, a spread that’s within the margin of error. It’s Democrats who have moved considerably, from 51 percent agreement in 2005 to 71 percent now. The White House is getting right with its base before the midterms in ways large and, in this case, small.

Update: While we’re on the subject of gay-themed flashpoints in the culture wars, news today from Colorado:

Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state’s anti-discrimination statutes…

Phillips, a devout Christian who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said the decision violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of his religion. “I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down,” he told reporters after the ruling.

He added his bakery has been so overwhelmed by supporters eager to buy cookies and brownies that he does not currently make wedding cakes.

Rather than fine him or force him to pay damages, they’re actually going to … force him to provide a product he doesn’t currently offer? Compulsory labor? Or, as I suspect, is the order here just a procedural formality to fine him when he inevitably refuses to make the cake? The state’s discrimination statute should provide that remedy already, I would think.

By the way, he says he’s perfectly willing to serve gay customers, just not for a wedding. I believe that’s also true of other bakers and photographers who’ve run afoul of state discrimination laws. Unless I’m mistaken, no one’s categorically refused to accept gay customers a la racist business owners refusing to accept blacks 50 years ago. A belated exit question via Ben Domenech: If gay marriage is illegal in Colorado, how can refusing to cater a gay wedding also be illegal?


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Man, what a messed up society.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Finally!

kcewa on May 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

This must mean all the real problems have been solved.

Right?

Chuck Schick on May 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

This must mean all the real problems have been solved.

Right?

Chuck Schick on May 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

You didn’t hear? Jay Carney resigned so all is good now.

kcewa on May 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I sure hope the socialists are happy, ‘cuz not many others are.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Meanwhile a Marine sits in a Mexican prison.

Hey Obama, go F$ck yourself.

ToddPA on May 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Obama already thinking about his life post President/operation.

portlandon on May 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Experts say the change to Medicare could have far-reaching implications for American medicine, helping to drive more private insurers to offer coverage for sex reassignment surgery and related care

Yep, I know Tricare bases it’s fee schedule and coverage on Medicare, and I also think that most state Medicaid programs do as well.

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

This must mean all the real problems have been solved.

Right?

Chuck Schick on May 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Nope, it means… SQUIRREL!!!

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Okay. It’s time. Stop the world, I want to get off.

tru2tx on May 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

This is what I like so much about this administration: Their ability to laser-like focus on the big problems of the day.

BKeyser on May 30, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Our liberal lesbian mermaid mayor Annise Parker just rammed her pinnacle achievement non-discrimination ordinance here in Houston. Now anybody can use any bathroom based on how they identify themselves at the moment of urgency. I assume it is intended to make all bakers accommodate gay weddings too. I’ll be demanding my local halal chef to cater my next pork festival.

DanMan on May 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Sex reassignment?Okay….

sandee on May 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Rather than fine him or force him to pay damages, they’re actually going to … force him to provide a product he doesn’t currently offer?

You will be made to approve of homosexuality, and forced to actively participate in events and celebrations of it, or they will use the power of the state to destroy you. It’s fascism, plain and simple.

Why ANYONE would want to force someone else to make them a cake (or cookies, or photos, or whatever) is beyond me. I wouldn’t want to eat something made by someone who didn’t approve of my reason for purchasing and consuming it. I’m well aware of what can happen to my food if the producers of it are pissed off at me.

So, make the cake. They can’t force him to make a delicious cake, can they? Go ahead and make one. Make it edible. Just barely. Like cardboard. And charge a premium for it. ENJOY!

xNavigator on May 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

If gay marriage is illegal in Colorado, how can refusing to cater a gay wedding also be illegal?

Because progressivism is a mental disorder!

xNavigator on May 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

The taxpayer-funded agency in question is Medicare, so if you have a grandma or grandpa who’s itching to endure complex surgery and hormone therapy to rid themselves of a gender they’ve already lived with for 65 years or more, good news.

How much longer must “Grandma” remain “trapped” in a man’s body?

Hey, for yucks, go on over to Bradley Manning’s Wikipedia page, where the gaystapo fights relentlessly to make sure he’s filed as “Chelsea” rather than “Bradley.”

Priorities!

Kensington on May 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

good move on their part. this is definitely the next front in the civil rights movement.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Okay. It’s time. Stop the world, I want to get off.

tru2tx on May 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

LOL– You must have missed the Blaze story about the family “coming out.” They decided that their five year old was a son, because well she wants to be..

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/30/this-is-our-coming-out-parents-explain-why-they-let-their-daughter-become-their-son-at-age-5/

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

good move on their part. this is definitely the next front in the civil rights movement.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Aww great, another hard hitting comment without punctuation from our resident Grandma’s basement boy..

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

“For someone who cannot get treatment the impact can be devastating,” Levi said. They can be depressed, have serious problems with self-esteem and have difficulty working and forming social relationships, she said.

You don’t treat mental insanity by folding in genitalia to make an approximation of the other sex’s genitalia.

The left is literally enabling people to make their condition worse with operations you can’t just “undo.” That anyone holds their moral views in any sense is itself a tragedy, especially since basics like honesty and integrity are optional.

BKennedy on May 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The taxpayer-funded agency in question is Medicare, so if you have a grandma or grandpa who’s itching to endure complex surgery and hormone therapy to rid themselves of a gender they’ve already lived with for 65 years or more, good news.

I’ve got to say, I’ve known a couple of seasoned citizens who in their later years did all the stuff their spouse wouldn’t let them do when the spouse was still living. For example, I can only imagine how you tattoo wrinkly skin. I wouldn’t be surprised that there is a rise in requests for coverage now the courts have ruled.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

good move on their part. this is definitely the next front in the civil rights movement.
ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM
That’s a insult to MLK. Your sex is not a civil rights issue..

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Anusocracy benefits everybody.

This is true liberty!

Murphy9 on May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

If gay marriage is illegal in Colorado, how can refusing to cater a gay wedding also be illegal?

Gay marriage is not illegal anywhere in the US. There’s a difference between them being illegal and the state not recognizing them.

kcewa on May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

If gay marriage is illegal in Colorado, how can refusing to cater a gay wedding also be illegal?

Now you want the government to be logical, too?

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

If gay marriage is illegal in Colorado, how can refusing to cater a gay wedding also be illegal?

They should all light up a joint and come to a decision given that pot is legal in Colorado even if same sex “marriage” is not.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Will they pay for surgery to make my ears stick out?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

good move on their part. this is definitely the next front in the civil rights movement.
ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM
That’s a insult to MLK. Your sex is not a civil rights issue..

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

We don’t have to even go there. The Civil Rights movement was about GOVERNMENT FORCE.. Forcing business to segregate, and to deny customers. The gay couple have more in common with the anti-civil rights movement than the baker does. Here we have another instance of GOVERNMENT FORCE.

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

That’s a insult to MLK. Your sex is not a civil rights issue..

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

why not?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Rather than fine him or force him to pay damages, they’re actually going to … force him to provide a product he doesn’t currently offer? Compulsory labor?

Thirteenth amendment. I don’t see how they can do it. You can’t use equal protection if he’s not baking any wedding cakes at all.

Missy on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

We don’t have to even go there. The Civil Rights movement was about GOVERNMENT FORCE.. Forcing business to segregate, and to deny customers.

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

jim crow wasnt just perpetrated by the government. private citizens and businesses were discriminating too. have you ever read the civil rights act?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Will they pay for surgery to make my ears stick out?

awesome!

DanMan on May 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Or, as I suspect, is the order here just a procedural formality to fine him when he inevitably refuses to make the cake?

In Cincinnati, after the fascistic Ohio proposition to ban smoking in public places was passed, with support from such as the American Cancer Society, several small bar owners couldn’t bear to tell some of their long-time customers to not smoke, so the fines have been piling up, in one case up to $80,000. They pay Ohio $100 a week. It’s like the mob. Now they basically own him. That’s going to happen to this baker too.

LashRambo on May 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM

If gay marriage is illegal in Colorado, how can refusing to cater a gay wedding also be illegal?

No fair Allah! You’re requiring the flaming liberals to actually THINK!

And that Colorado Civil Rights Commission had better peruse the Constitution. The part about compelling a man’s labor.

GarandFan on May 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Grandma needs a hip replacement : grandma goes to death panel

Grandma wants to be a grandpa : we’ve got money for that

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Will they pay for surgery to make my ears stick out?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

You mean like Spock? ;0

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM

That’s a insult to MLK. Your sex is not a civil rights issue..
sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM
why not?
ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM cause it’s none of my damn business who you bang…or which organs you want changed…

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Cutting and pasting myself from the Headlines:

To paraphrase the former head of the Johns Hopkins Dept. of Psychiatry, to encourage or facilitate sex reassignment surgery is to participate in someone else’s pathology. Which I guess is what we do nowadays in these United States. Validation and self-esteem building, without consideration of what we’re validating, or how we’re building self-esteem.

LashRambo on May 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

LashRambo on May 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM

jim crow wasnt just perpetrated by the government. private citizens and businesses were discriminating too. have you ever read the civil rights act?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Jim Crow were laws by the GOVERNMENT. Businesses were required to segregate.

I have read it, have you? Please note where it covers RELIGION, but not sexual orientation.

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

cause it’s none of my damn business who you bang…or which organs you want changed…

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM

this has nothing to do with whom people wish to copulate with. its about identity and individual rights.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

So now I am expected to pay for someone else’s genital mutilation while veterans die from neglect.

And if a woman wants to look like Barbie, she has to pay for it herself, but if she wants to look like Ken, I pay for it.

This is what happens when society rejects God.

Reuben Hick on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Meanwhile a Marine sits in a Mexican prison.

Hey Obama, go F$ck yourself.

ToddPA on May 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Thats the problem….he’s a Marine. Not one of a class that Obama cherishes and would bend over backwards to work to rescue.

And as for your suggestion, he probably would try it if he could.

hawkeye54 on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I have read it, have you? Please note where it covers RELIGION, but not sexual orientation.

melle1228 on May 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

an error which god willing will one day be corrected. the constitution allowed..even endorsed..slavery. your point?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

this has nothing to do with whom people wish to copulate with. its about identity and individual rights.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Individual right to do what exactly ?

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Individual right to do what exactly ?

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

be who you were born to be.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

That’s a insult to MLK. Your sex is not a civil rights issue..

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

why not?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

You want to change your sex, knock yourself out. Just don’t expect me to pay for it. Therefore, there’s no civil rights issue at all — just your desire to make the producers finance your lifestyle choices.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Phillips, a devout Christian who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said the decision violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of his religion. “I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down,” he told reporters after the ruling.

God Bless this man and the other brave Christians who denied business for people who were celebrating their sin.

sadsushi on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

cause it’s none of my damn business who you bang…or which organs you want changed…
sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM
this has nothing to do with whom people wish to copulate with. its about identity and individual rights.
ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM
I don’t want to pay for people’s insecurity issues very much…

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Allah gets his wish

The Notorious G.O.P on May 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

be who you were born to be.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

and what exactly do they need to do to be what they were born to be ?

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 5:50 PM

They spelled “mutilation” wrong.

Murphy9 on May 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM You want me to pay for the fact someone has gender personality disorder….

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

So now I am expected to pay for someone else’s genital mutilation while veterans die from neglect.

Why yes, yes you are….and on top of that spending on active military wishing to experience the same procedure probably have preference for the procedure over spending for the needs of neglected vets. Government spending has its priorities after all and has got to know its limitations.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on May 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

this has nothing to do with whom people wish to copulate with. its about identity and individual rights.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

only hermaphrodites are confused about their “identity”

Newtie and the Beauty on May 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

The taxpayer-funded agency in question is Medicare, so if you have a grandma or grandpa who’s itching to endure complex surgery and hormone therapy to rid themselves of a gender they’ve already lived with for 65 years or more, good news.

Nope. People on disability are eligible for Medicare. Mental issues arising from sexual disorientation are/will be a disability…just as depression and ADHD are now. Thus, taxpayers will be footing the sex change operation bills for people much younger than 65.

And, guess what? They won’t be on any hidden waiting lists! Nowadays, gay is the best thing to be if you want anything from the government, media, etc. Even the Department of Agriculture now has a special division for homosexuals. One of its main missions is to ‘celebrate the LGBT community in rural areas.’

Resist We Much on May 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Koch is probably a libfree sock. The lack of caps is part of the disguise. That’s my guess anyway.

As for the Colorado decision, I think it’s outrageous, and I’m a gay man who supports marriage equality. Forcing someone to create art that violates his conscience is just plain evil.

DisneyFan on May 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I don’t want to pay off someone’s gender confusion, I’m sorry I don’t give a f$&@ about someone’s identity crisis…

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Is sex-reassignment surgery ever medically necessary? Maybe:

“For someone who cannot get treatment the impact can be devastating,” Levi said. They can be depressed, have serious problems with self-esteem and have difficulty working and forming social relationships, she said.

Are you serious, AP???

“Treatment” ought to be counseling, not surgery!

We don’t give liposuction to anorexics!

So why should anyone even consider giving sex-change surgery to someone who is just as mentally confused as an anorexic????

Both anorexics & sexually confused people need counseling, not surgery!

Allahpundit has been spending too much time with his cat.
He’s becoming a squishy leftist.

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Even the Department of Agriculture now has a special division for homosexuals. One of its main missions is to ‘celebrate the LGBT community in rural areas.’

Resist We Much on May 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Hey, at least these government agencies have their priorities in order! Is NASA still tasked with making Muslims feel better about 1,500-year-old Islamic contributions to math/science (while it’s unable to send an American into orbit without paying a communist country to do it for us!)?

xNavigator on May 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

If gay marriage is illegal in Colorado, how can refusing to cater a gay wedding also be illegal?

Because . . . shut up raaaaacist! . . . er, I mean shut up homophobe!

The state of Colorado can discriminate against homosexuals, but individual Coloradans must not, on pain of jail and being forced into re-education camp . . . er, I mean “sensitivity training.”

AZCoyote on May 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

No no no no no… not one dime.

Do what you want, but I won’t pay for it.

Irritable Pundit on May 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

this has nothing to do with whom people wish to copulate with. its about identity and individual rights.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

And, everyone currently has the right to have a sex change operation.

If, as the Supreme Court has held, there is no ‘right’ to either Social Security or Medicare – even for those that have paid into the programmes for decades, how can there be a ‘right’ to have taxpayers pay for your sex change operation?

By the way, if this is all about ‘individual rights,’ then why should the ‘collective’ have to pay for them?

Resist We Much on May 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

be who you were born to be.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

News flash! The human body, in every cell screams the sex of its owner. Its called chromosomes, and women have XX and men XY (outside of the occasional Klinefelter Syndrome case).

It is permanently encoded into the DNA, and no medical operation, drug cocktail, witchcraft, gamma radiation or sincere hope will change it.

You can no more change a person’s sex than change their species.

Reuben Hick on May 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Koch is probably a libfree sock. The lack of caps is part of the disguise. That’s my guess anyway.

The Koch troll isn’t a lefty. And I wonder if he has more than 10 socks. He very well might lol

As for the Colorado decision, I think it’s outrageous, and I’m a gay man who supports marriage equality. Forcing someone to create art that violates his conscience is just plain evil.

DisneyFan on May 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

It sure is.

non-nonpartisan on May 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I’m still having trouble understanding how the urge to have one’s genitals mutilated isn’t classified as mental illness, but for argument’s sake, let’s say it isn’t. This would STILL be elective surgery, as in NOT medially necessary. Why on earth should taxpayers be asked to pony up for it?

Murf76 on May 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I am the reincarnation of Mohandas Gandhi.

I demand that you taxpayers fund my facial reconstruction & my liposuction so that I will look like who I really am.

It’s my civil right.

It’s all about me.

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

be who you were born to be.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Total crap. It’s your DNA which determines how you’re born. So, what you really mean is “be who you WANT to be”. And that’s not something other people should be required to finance.

Murf76 on May 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

For the Koch keister.

I was born to have a two foot long “member”
So that women could treat me like an amusement park
ride….alas, it did not work out that way….but thats what I
was “born to be”. Your tax dollars will cover that right?

ToddPA on May 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I’m still having trouble understanding how the urge to have one’s genitals mutilated isn’t classified as mental illness, but for argument’s sake, let’s say it isn’t. This would STILL be elective surgery, as in NOT medially necessary. Why on earth should taxpayers be asked to pony up for it?

Murf76 on May 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Indeed.

In this age of Fools Rule, you have to overstate the obvious…but they still don’t understand it.

I still can’t get over the fact that Allahpundit said “maybe.”

Is sex-reassignment surgery ever medically necessary? Maybe:

And then he quoted a whiny appeal for “treatment.”

The only effective treatment would be psychiatric counseling!
Not surgery!

Surgery would only create a reconstructed mentally ill person!

P a t h e t i c .

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I am the reincarnation of Mohandas Gandhi.

I demand that you taxpayers fund my facial reconstruction & my liposuction so that I will look like who I really am.

It’s my civil right.

It’s all about me.

I forgot to mention the lifetime subscription to the local tanning salon.
You have to pay for that, too.

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

It must be nice to have unlimited funds.

bflat879 on May 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

You still there ?

be who you were born to be.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

**

and what exactly do they need to do to be what they were born to be ?

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 5:50 PM

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

The height of lunacy – until tomorrow comes with something crazier.

Gymistokles on May 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

You can no more change a person’s sex than change their species.

Reuben Hick on May 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Speciesist!!

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Fantastic….you can’t get treatment for life threatening illness or disease, but you can have a sex change operation? How sickk is this?

phoebe1 on May 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

“For someone who cannot get treatment the impact can be devastating,” Levi said. They can be depressed, have serious problems with self-esteem and have difficulty working and forming social relationships, she said.

Gee, I wonder where Elliot Rodger got the impression that he was owed a social relationship by society?

Socratease on May 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Soon, Lord.
Soon.

pambi on May 30, 2014 at 6:40 PM

We got Vets dying in VA wait rooms for lack of timely care, but praise liberalism, Granny finally can get her tax payer funded addadictomy!

Have I told you lately how much I despise this administration?

locomotivebreath1901 on May 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Time to list all the agendas which have won since Obama became president:

1. Homosexual;
2. Transgender;
3. Illegal immigration;
4. Muslim infiltration of our government and who are no longer considered to be terrorists in the United States media, news, and entertainment;
5. Marijuana legalization;
6. Non-Muslim religious beliefs no longer protected;
7. Others?

rlwo2008 on May 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

It’s a gesture, designed to nudge Obama’s new best friends in the insurance industry to follow suit and to impress his base, particularly during a week when transsexuals are already in the news.

I’m sure these organizations, comprised almost entirely of accountants, are just tingly with intrigue.

HitNRun on May 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Oregon bankrupted a baker who told a gay couple to find someone who would do a better job. Oregon also did not have legal gay marriage…. so they forced a business to shut down for not serving an illegal or at least irrelevant ceremony.

It’s pink fascism.

Vanceone on May 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Rather than fine him or force him to pay damages, they’re actually going to … force him to provide a product he doesn’t currently offer? Compulsory labor?

Janet Reno/Eric Holder did this to the banks, forcing them to open up offices in areas they weren’t currently serving because of alleged redlining in Maryland and Connecticut (and possibly elsewhere- don’t recall). Anyhoo, forcing people to bake cakes is just an extension of this mindset.

Buy Danish on May 30, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I am the reincarnation of Mohandas Gandhi.

I demand that you taxpayers fund my facial reconstruction & my liposuction so that I will look like who I really am.

It’s my civil right.

It’s all about me.

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I’ve decided the “Me I was born to be” is a spider who had the misfortune of being born in a human’s body. Gonna get me some taxpayer funded webshooter implants and go slinging and swinging through NYC. Don’t hate, you bigots just wish you’d thought of it first.

CapnObvious on May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

most medical professional organizations now consider sex reassignment surgeryviolating the hippcratic oath a safe and accepted procedure

FIFY

CapnObvious on May 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

“For someone who cannot get treatment the impact can be devastating,” Levi said. They can be depressed, have serious problems with self-esteem and have difficulty working and forming social relationships, she said.

What if stupid people do that for me? Where’s my freebie?

Also, whatever happened to “saving up” for these kinds of things? In the good old days when you wanted something you actually put money aside for it or worked more or did without something else.

Thanks, liberals, for making the default position someone with their hand out.

kim roy on May 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

so if I get half the surgery can I go fk myself literally and get the taxpayers to pay for it?
we need to start really ridiculing these aholes

dmacleo on May 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

The only effective treatment would be psychiatric counseling!Not surgery!

Surgery would only create a reconstructed mentally ill person!
P a t h e t i c .

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Persons that indulge in sex identity confusion have a spiritual, not a psychiatric, disorder. Their only hope for happiness in this life is to get right with God, which is the last thing Socialists want, because persons enslaved to vice are more easily enslaved to the State.

TXJenny on May 30, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Update: While we’re on the subject of gay-themed flashpoints in the culture wars…

Just to be clear…this transgender stuff isn’t “gay-themed” or gay-anything.

JetBoy on May 30, 2014 at 7:22 PM

AP History Exam

Decadent societies

A. Prosper economically
B. Affirm rule of law
C. Enjoy peace and security
D. Maintain individual freedom
E. Decline and fall

Take your time.

spiritof61 on May 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Time to list all the agendas which have won since Obama became president:

1. Homosexual;
2. Transgender;
3. Illegal immigration;
4. Muslim infiltration of our government and who are no longer considered to be terrorists in the United States media, news, and entertainment;
5. Marijuana legalization;
6. Non-Muslim religious beliefs no longer protected;
7. Others?

rlwo2008 on May 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

7 would be Iran, the world’s newest nuclear power.

spiritof61 on May 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

The irony being, of course, that transgender surgery is currently unavailable in the Islamic Republic.

Free Chelsea Manning!

spiritof61 on May 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Bake the cake but be generous with the secret laxative component. If nothing else, the happy couple will learn what butts are originally designed for.

Rix on May 30, 2014 at 8:49 PM

The future of the American medical system.

Breast, testicular, ovarian, and prostrate malignancies for the hetero will not be removed or tended to without going through a massive, lengthy bureaucratic process usually resulting in a further deteriorating condition or in some cases, the untimely death of the stricken.

Breast, testicular, ovarian, prostrate, and other naughty bits considered add-ons or removals for the gender-challenged will require minimal paperwork and be processed in short-order allowing the new Jim or Jane to finally live their lives free of any conflict with their sexual identity, and free of external judgement (people are always judging them).

StubbornGreenBurros on May 30, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Bake the cake but be generous with the secret laxative component. If nothing else, the happy couple will learn what butts are originally designed for.

Rix on May 30, 2014 at 8:49 PM

How about some diphenoxylate? Might put a , er, roadblock to the consummation.

Murphy9 on May 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

8. Militarization of multiple civilian government agencies.

rlwo2008 on May 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Rather than fine him or force him to pay damages, they’re actually going to … force him to provide a product he doesn’t currently offer? Compulsory labor? Or, as I suspect, is the order here just a procedural formality to fine him when he inevitably refuses to make the cake? The state’s discrimination statute should provide that remedy already, I would think.

So the queers are allowed to compel people into slavery to serve them involuntarily?

13th Amendment violation…

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

307wolverine on May 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I am the reincarnation of Mohandas Gandhi.

I demand that you taxpayers fund my facial reconstruction, a lifetime subscription to the local tanning salon, & a liposuction so that I will look like who I really am.

It’s my civil right.

It’s all about me.

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I’ve decided the “Me I was born to be” is a spider who had the misfortune of being born in a human’s body. Gonna get me some taxpayer funded webshooter implants and go slinging and swinging through NYC. Don’t hate, you bigots just wish you’d thought of it first.

CapnObvious on May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

If your transformation is successful, somebody should make a movie about that.
Or five.

itsnotaboutme on May 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

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