Obama is gone, but the malady lingers on. The activist judges he appointed have been racking up ludicrous decisions on many fronts. The latest occurred when U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ruled that Medicaid in Wisconsin must pay for gender reassignment surgery and associated treatments for the poor. That should be a major draw for people who are eager to change genders to apply for Medicaid in Wisconsin. Medicaid is paid out of the Medicare fund. That means that workers are subsidizing those who don’t work or barely work, and the money used for that can cause benefits for Medicare to decrease to pay for it.
U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ruled that Medicaid cannot exclude transgender sex reassignment surgery and related treatment such as hormone therapy to low-income residents in Wisconsin.
A few days ago, the Obama-appointed judge issued a permanent ruling citing guidelines issued by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health to treat transsexual, transgender and gender nonconforming people.
Judicial Watch reported:
The ruling culminates a lawsuit filed more than a year ago by two transgender Wisconsinites, who accuse the federal and state-funded insurance program of providing them with disparate and inferior health care on the basis of sex. Cody Flack of Green Bay and Sara Makenzie of Baraboo say they suffer from severe gender dysphoria that requires costly surgery.
Flack, a woman, claims to be ashamed of her breasts and wants to have them surgically removed as she transitions into a man’s body. To make a case for the government to pay for her surgery, she claims that she engages in “binding,” which flattens her breasts and causes sores, skin irritation and respiratory distress. Flack also has difficulty binding her breasts due to a disability, according to court documents. Makenzie, a man who legally changed his name to Sara and wears women’s clothing, says his “male-appearing genitalia” causes him “great distress” and negatively affects his sexuality and social life. Showering and seeing his body in a mirror is “painful,” court records state, and Makenzie fears someone will be able to see his “male genitals” through his clothing.
To lay the foundation, Conley writes in the injunction that gender dysphoria is a serious medical condition, which if left untreated can cause adverse symptoms. “As a group, transgender individuals have been subjected to harassment and discrimination in virtually every aspect of their lives, including in housing, employment, education, and health care,” according to the document. “Their own families, acquaintances and larger communities can be sources of harassment. For some transgender individuals, though certainly not all, the dissonance between their gender identity and their naturally assigned sex can manifest itself in the form of gender dysphoria, a serious medical condition recognized by both sides’ experts and the larger medical community as a whole.”
- 5 Things to Know About DOD’s New Policy on Military Service by Transgender Persons and Persons With Gender Dysphoria