Skip to comments.Obama administration may add taxpayer-funded sex-change operations to ObamaCare, Medicare, Medicaid
Posted on 12/13/2013 11:47:23 AM PST by markomalley
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the most controversial laws in America because of its mandates, taxes, and coverage of elective abortions with a $1 surcharge. Now, there may be another reason for debate on the law's merits: taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery.
The law may fund costs related to gender reassignment, according to Andi Medici in FederalTimes.com.
Since 1981, federal law has barred federal tax dollars from paying for "transsexual surgery" through programs like Medicare and Medicaid. On December 2, the HHS Department's appeals board decided that the National Coverage Determination should be reconsidered, opening the door to taxpayer-funded sex-change operations.
Medici adds that Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, conventionally known as ObamaCare, no longer explicitly states that the federal subsidies will not require coverage for transgender-related surgeries.
Since the ACA does prevent "discrimination" on the basis of gender identity, however, and the federal government is publicly revisiting a 1981 law preventing federal coverage of gender reassignment surgery and related costs, it is possible the federal government will be covering those costs under the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.
Anand Kalra, Project Health program manager at the Transgender Law Center, told The Advocate that the Affordable Care Act already provides a great deal of coverage potential to transgender people, particularly because gender identity disorder is considered a pre-existing condition, something insurance companies can no longer use as a criteria for rejecting coverage.
Kalra also described how Medicaid expansion and federal subsidies for ACA exchanges will cover transgender people looking for health insurance and health care coverage. LifeSiteNews.com reached out to the Transgender Law Center to clarify what the cost and coverage for transgender services might be under the ACA, but multiple requests for comment were not returned.
Both the Medicare and Medicaid programs face financial difficulties that could be worsened by further mandates of coverage. National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) Senior Fellow Devon Herrick told LifeSiteNews.com that while individual mandates often add little to the cost of health coverage, they all add up. There are nearly 2,300 mandated benefits and mandated services across all 50 states, [and] the Affordable Care Act added new ones.
Herrick said that he knew of no estimates of the cost of transgender care, but the NCPA and other researchers have estimated mandates increase the cost of health coverage by about 25 percent. The PPACA boosts premiums by a further 41 percent on average.
The federal government has been under pressure to change laws regarding coverage for transgender people for years. In October, The Washington Times reported on two transgender women who demanded federal law be changed to stop alleged discrimination that does not allow federal grant coverage for mammograms for transgender "women."
The HHS Departmental Appeals Board
Department of Health and Human Services
Departmental Appeals Board, MS 6127
330 Independence Ave., S.W.
Cohen Building - Room G-644
Washington, D.C. 20201
Chair, Constance B. Tobias
Deputy Chair, Leslie A. Sussan
Member, Sheila A. Hegy
The whole world is laughing at us.
When they law was passed I predicted that it would pay for abortion, sex-’change’ operations, euthanasia, and aids treatment.
but we’re going to have to “give granny a pain pill” instead.
It's only taxpayer money. Why not be compassionate and generous with other people's money, especially if you can forever buy their votes.
Heinlein’s “the Crazy years”. He didn’t have enough imagination.
And when medical advances allow another class of mentally disturbed people to have animal parts grafted on their bodies because “they feel like a horse inside”, then Obamacare will be expanded to cover that too. Which is why this destructive legislation must be stopped dead in its tracks.
What if people want multiple organs?
What does one say?
Baqeeah Obama? (Arabic “Everlasting”) Balreen Obama? (Punjabi “Princess”) Bahira Obama? (Arabic “Sparkling”) Bashiga Obama? (Arabic “Joyful”)
I feel like a giant trapped inside the body of a regular man.
Help, Bammy. I need an operation to let me be who I was meant to be.
The (unspoken) reason to flush granny is to fix the SocSec and Medicare funding “problem”.
When the millenials get antsy over grannys early demise, the regime will send out some Groupons for student loan forgiveness.
taxpayers are paying for viagra, for penile implants, for birth control, abortion, liver transplants for alcoholics and drug treatment for druggies, no matter how often they do it, expensive IV sntibiotics for these same druggies when they have horrible tissue infections from needles...and now, we pay for sex changes...
what's next is we'll be paying for invitro and for dr assisted suicide....
You’re not alone. I predicted it would end up doing the same as I’m sure others as cynical as us or in the know are easily able to.
Everything Obama is doing can be undone by President Cruz.
My husband, a retired soldier and stroke survivor, can’t have a home health aid because the money previously allocated for that must be spent on abortions and genital mutilation surgery. How am I supposed to explain that to him?
This should help a lot with entitlement solvency./sarc
Uh, yeah. Judging by all the TV commercials, there's a lot of that sentiment going around.
“What if people want multiple organs?”
If you want to keep your old organ you can.
You’ve got to wonder—why is this sort of stuff SO important to Obama and his crew? Is it really all that good for locking up the fringe vote, or does it mean more to them than that?
You can get your sex-change operation—as long as you stay “in network.”
I was thinking the same thing. It’s probably like all the men who are pro-choice and straight men for gay rights. It makes these people feel good so they vote for democrats.
Doctor to taxpayer in the emergency room having a heart attack “I’m sorry but we need to take this sex change operation first.. seems the Federal Government pays more to change a person’s sex then heal a taxpayer”.
I’d like our nation to fund a perv-ectomy please.
catering to the smallest perverted minorities while the bigger groups of people are going to find they cannot get life saving care and medicines.
Expect it to pay for piercings and body art as well. It’s “who they are.”
Yes! That’s a great idea. I wonder if they would deny me b/o my age? While we are at it, does ObamaCare include dental?
Now the perverts have even added a new category to their mental illness — it’s something like “questioning” [gender].
All this is really...tax payer funded stearization.
Only if the insurance company covers it.
Keep it real about Abortion:
As did I.
I would like to say I’m shocked and surprised, but I’m not.
Just like Gay Marriage will lead to Polygamy and Incestuous Marriage, because you know, they love each other.
The Republic is doomed.
For men wanting to be women, I suggest the “Bobbitt” and for women wanting to have man-junk, I suggest the results of the “Bobbitt” be preserved and passed to them. Kitchen knives and formaldehyde aren’t that expensive...
I SHALL NOT, and WILL NOT pay for ANY such thing.
So help me, God.