Allowing government to take over healthcare means that the sort of people who run the government will be making the decisions regarding funding priorities. This is good news for anyone who wants to use sexual mutilation to express an advanced state of psychiatric disease, and wants others to pick up the extravagant tab:
San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.
The city’s Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities. San Francisco already provides transgender residents with hormones, counseling and routine health services, but has stopped short of offering surgical interventions, Public Health Director Barbara Garcia said Thursday after the vote was announced.
The idea for a new program that included surgeries came out of conversations between public health officials and transgender rights [i.e., perks and privileges] advocates who wanted mastectomies, genital reconstructions and other surgeries that are recommended for some transgender people covered under San Francisco’s 5-year-old universal health care plan.
This is just another step forward on the road to taxpayer-funded liberal utopia.
San Francisco in 2001 became the first city in the country to cover sex reassignment surgeries for government employees. Last year, Portland, Ore. did the same. The number of major U.S. companies covering the cost of gender reassignment surgery for transgender workers also doubled last year, reflecting a decades-long push by transgender activists to get insurance companies to treat such surgeries as medically necessary instead of elective procedures.
Indulging the sexually insane with grotesque forms of mutilation may be “medically necessary,” but life-saving surgery for those deemed by bureaurats to be too old to be worth saving will not be, if Britain’s version of socialized medicine is any guide. Even with Helicopter Ben’s magic printing press, there are only so many dollars to go around.
On tips from Muddypaw, Henry, and IslandLifer.