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That man in the girls' locker room? You're gonna pay to put him there.
Right behind his coed bathroom mandate, General Secretary Obama also decreed that health insurance companies participating in Obamacare must now cover sex change operations.
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final regulation Friday that will pressure health insurers to cover sex change operations, which could then be subsidized by taxpayers through Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.
The regulation "prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability; enhances language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protects individuals with disabilities," the agency said in a release.
Doctors and health insurers also cannot deny "health care or health coverage based on an individual's sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping."
In a fact sheet on the portion of the rule regarding sex discrimination, the government explains that health care providers cannot refuse to cover all services related to a sex change — such as hormone therapy, breast implants, and the surgery itself — as a matter of policy.
Let's tack on another expensive mandate! Because our premiums aren't high enough already, right?
Meanwhile, the folks who pioneered sex change surgery no longer offer that form of treatment. Here's why:
At Johns Hopkins, after pioneering sex-change surgery, we demonstrated that the practice brought no important benefits. As a result, we stopped offering that form of treatment in the 1970s. Our efforts, though, had little influence on the emergence of this new idea about sex, or upon the expansion of the number of "transgendered" among young and old....
I am ever trying to be the boy among the bystanders who points to what's real. I do so not only because truth matters, but also because overlooked amid the hoopla — enhanced now by Bruce Jenner's celebrity and Annie Leibovitz's photography — stand many victims. Think, for example, of the parents whom no one — not doctors, schools, nor even churches — will help to rescue their children from these strange notions of being transgendered and the problematic lives these notions herald. These youngsters now far outnumber the Bruce Jenner type of transgender [autogynephilia]. Although they may be encouraged by his public reception, these children generally come to their ideas about their sex not through erotic interests but through a variety of youthful psychosocial conflicts and concerns....
When "the tumult and shouting dies," it proves not easy nor wise to live in a counterfeit sexual garb. The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people — extending over thirty years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered — documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.
Speaking of Bruce Jenner, word is that he's going to "de-transition." So had this regulation been in place when he invented "Caitlyn," Obama would have us paying for both sex changes.
At least he's an adult, and if he wants to screw around with his plumbing and his hormones, well that's why we have tabloids and celebrity gossip columnists.
But when kids decide to reconfigure their biology, it's a whole lot more consequential.
Transgender people descend into despair when even all the medicine and medical advances that everyone encouraged can't change their biological reality. In fact, the medicine used on younger individuals prior to surgeries causes its own harms.
As gender dysphoria becomes more accepted as normal for children, "supportive" adults lead children to "helpful" doctors who use various "treatments" to block puberty. Some can merely delay puberty for a few years. But the blockers lock the child into sterility and health risks in their tweens and early teens.
For what other issue would any parent accept an increasing risk of cancer and suicide? We obsessively control our kids' diets and activities for far less dire outcomes based on far flimsier research.
According to Obama, a school that can't legally give a child an aspirin, can, and indeed must, honor that child's "perceived gender" with nary a question or raised eyebrow. And doctors who would cringe at seeing a teenage girl enter a tanning booth or smoke a cigarette won't hesitate to give her life-altering drugs that radically revise her transition into puberty.
Not only that, but according to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist in chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, it's "impossible" too.
He went on to write that changing sexes is impossible and that what transgendered people actually do is become "feminized men or masculinized women."
Hmm. Now we're on to something. "Feminized men" and "masculinized women." That's the goal of Third-Wave Feminism, isn't it? Erasure of gender norms, leading to a society ruled by militant lesbians, with heterosexual men marginalized or eradicated altogether.
It's just one more way for cultural Marxists to
fundamentally transform America.
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