Michigan Taxpayers Hit With $30,000 Breast Removal Bill For Transgender Patient

Majority of American society does not agree with transgender culture as a forced accepted societal norm, but as freedom intellectual Mark Steyn says, “the important people do”.  What he means is the people making decisions shaping policy, law and cutting the checks accept it and have no issue overriding the will of the people. If America had a one time vote on if tax dollars should be used for transgender medical treatments, I’d wager the majority would say no. Unfortunately, that will never come to vote and taxpayer dollars are being used for the above mentioned.

Here’s a story that comes out of Michigan. Bridge News is reporting Michigan’s Governor has authorized for Medicaid dollars to be spent on transgender treatments:

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration with little fanfare last month clarified that sex change surgery and hormone replacement therapy would be covered under the state’s Medicaid program.

Michigan made the change by adding three paragraphs to the state’s 2,060-page Medicaid Provider Manual, affirming that the state Medicaid program doesn’t discriminate and referring to the non-discrimination provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

That means “comprehensive health care, including prescription drugs, and benefits inclusive of sex, gender identification, and sexual orientation,” said Bob Wheaton, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

On average, hormone replacement and one-time surgery for a transgender woman (born a male) costs about $8,518.35 in Medicaid reimbursements, while hormone replacement and one-time surgery for a transgender man (born a female) costs about $8,544.83, based on data dating to 2016, according to the state health department. These costs do not include follow-up care or expenses for complications after discharge, the department said.

VanSolkema said his surgery last spring to remove his breasts topped $30,000, a cost he said was picked up by Medicaid and disability insurance through Medicare.

I encourage you to read the whole article. In theory, Medicaid is supposed to be covering those who are less fortunate and it can help address NEEDED medical treatments. Now it is used to treat a psychological condition while those who truly need help get pushed to the side.

 

Published by Hoosier Econ

Located out of Central Indiana. Blogger of economics, politics and societal trends.

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