Before you read further, remember…we’re talking about three-tenths of one percent of the U.S. population. The total number of Americans who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) is under 4 percent (unless you live in Washington DC. The gay mecca. No, seriously). So we’re talking about a tiny minority of a minority. And for some reason, this tiny minority has been elevated to The Most Important Issue our nation is facing right now. I truly do not understand – unless it’s some very clever magic prestidigitation being practiced by the Obama administration so we won’t be noticing what he’s REALLY doing.
In any event, on the very same day Obama ORDERED public schools to allow students to use the bathrooms or showers that corresponded to their “gender identity” rather than their plumbing, he also tightened the screws on healthcare insurance companies as well as federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid with a new directive to cover sex change operations.
Newsmax reports, The new HHS directive enforces the Affordable Care Act’s section 1557, which forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.
“The final rule does not require covered entities to cover any particular procedure or treatment for transition-related care, including gender reassignment surgery,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services told The Washington Free Beacon. “However, it does bar a covered entity from categorically excluding from coverage or limiting coverage for all gender transition-related services.”
In addition to ruling that “categorical coverage exclusions or limitations for all health care services related to gender transition are discriminatory,” including services such as breast implant surgery, hormone therapy and sex change surgery, the directive says:
> Women must be treated equally with men in the health care they receive and the insurance they obtain;
> Individuals must be treated consistent with their gender identity, including in access to facilities;
> Providers may not deny or limit treatment for any health services that are ordinarily or exclusively available to individuals of one gender based on the fact that a person seeking such services identifies as belonging to another gender;
> Sex-specific health programs or activities are permissible only if the entity can demonstrate an exceedingly persuasive justification, that is, that the sex-specific health program or activity is substantially related to the achievement of an important health-related or scientific objective.
A sex-specific program or activity – you mean like giving birth? Or is it now discriminatory to offer that to women only? I give up.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]