By Herman Cain
Who comes up with these terms? You and I think of it (well, if we think of it at all, which I’d rather not) as sex-change surgery. But no! We have to be politically correct with everything now, so it’s “gender reassignment” surgery.
My highly insensitive producer, Shaney B., wants to call it “The Forbidden Snip,” but of course that is extremely insensitive and wrong and should not be said, so I will not say “The Forbidden Snip” and you shouldn’t either.
But guess what we will be doing:Paying for it!
Oh yes. Thanks to ObamaCare, which we had to pass to find out what was in it, those getting “gender reassignment” surgery are now doing so on our dime:
Among the less-talked-about implications of the Affordable Care Act is the relief it is providing to many transgender people, many of whom are low-income and who have struggled to obtain health coverage.
Getting jobs that offer insurance often has been difficult for transgender people and the cost of purchasing plans on the private market can be prohibitive. Some have been denied policies altogether after being diagnosed with “gender identity disorder,” often considered a pre-existing condition.
Without insurance, many people were unable to afford the hormones, surgeries and counseling needed to complete their transition. Nor would they have been covered in the event of surgical complications, which can include infections.
“We are still dependent on insurance and the medical community for us to be able to live authentically,” said Aydin Kennedy, coordinator of the transgender health program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles.
Now, federal law prohibits health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people, and it bars insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. That makes it possible for more transgender people to purchase private plans. And in states that expanded their Medicaid programs, those with low incomes may get free coverage.
How nice of the Democrats to give “free” coverage to the “gender reassignment” crowd. Except that it’s not the Democrats’ money that’s paying for it. It’s ours! I’d rather spend mine on something else, but the days when I could make that decision apparently came to an end when it was decided that Obama, Reid and Pelosi should be put in charge of things.
At least now they can “live authentically”, and I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I know I’m paying for it.