We should have seen this coming. From Politico‘s Conservatives shop sex ops ban to GOP:
The federal government would be banned from funding sex change operations and other services for transgender individuals if social conservative activists get their way.
There’s no sponsor yet for an amendment to the health care overhaul – and it may remain in the dustbin of unrealized wedge issues – but culture warriors are shopping the proposal to Republican senators.
The language is written: “None of the funds authorized or appropriated under this act (or an amendment made by this Act) shall be used to cover any part or portion of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of” any sex or gender reassignment procedure, surgery related to such a sex change, hormone therapy for a sex change or pre- and post-operation treatments for a sex change.
A senior aide to a Republican senator said that a public insurance plan could easily end up covering sex-change procedures if that’s not specifically banned in the bill…
The “Fierce Advocate” for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the White House needs to draw a line here. House and Senate leadership need to draw a line here too. LGBT people just cannot acquiesce the enshrining of new discriminatory policies against any subcommunity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community into law.
I have zero expectation that healthcare reform is going to end up in mandated genital reconstruction surgery. However, if this amendment is adopted should a Republican put it forward — when zero or close-to-zero Republicans are going to vote for this bill no matter what it looks like — this would be a travesty. This would be on the same plane as when Congress passed the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA).
If this amendment is submitted and were to be adopted — when Democrats have sizable majorities in both Houses of Congress — then I believe there would be something incredibly wrong with the Democratic Party’s position on LGBT people and issues. It one thing to drag ones’ feet or repealing discriminatory legislation of the past; it’s another thing altogether to create new laws enshrining new discriminatory policies against any LGBT subcommunity into law.