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Debt Reassignment

by on October 5, 2011

We’ve finally found something that Albany is willing to cut. Unfortunately, that something is personal naughty bits, not the budget. The latest scheme would actually end up costing us more, and not just in terms of dignity.

A state panel has unsurprisingly recommended wasting more of the money sent to the capital by those who are lucky enough to have jobs. But at least they invented a baffling new way to squander. For those having trouble figuring out why this state is taxed so freaking much to pay for endless Medicaid benefits, just recall that New York’s experts want the state to pay to turn hes and shes to shes and hes, respectively:

A state panel advising New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants taxpayers to foot the bill for transgender residents to get “sexual reassignment surgery,” allowing them to change their physical characteristics from a man to a woman or woman to man, The New York Post reported Thursday.

That’s good news for those who allegedly have someone from the opposite gender living inside them, unless they’re taxpayers and don’t want to be on the hook for others having the operation. Medicaid is supposed to ensure that those who struggle with poverty receive basic care, and also genital flipping:

“Provide Medicaid coverage for transgender surgery/hormone replacement therapy and treatment,” read the proposal submitted by the state’s health disparities work group.

Hormone replacement therapy and treatment is a basic human right, you reactionary fool. Who would think that people would be upset over the prospect of the state paying for social upheaval?

The proposal — coming just months after Cuomo won national attention for steering a gay-marriage law through the state legislature — came under fire from the political right.

“This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars,” said state Conservative Party chairman Mike Long.

Long insisted sex-change procedures are cosmetic and encourage permissiveness, adding, “I hope the governor doesn’t push the envelope on this.”

Cuomo is more of an envelope shredder. It remains to be seen whether he will foist yet more radical social change on people who have already been forced to accept an intramural conception of marriage.

Now, government money could fund a procedure many people find personally appalling. In this particular case, mutilation shouldn’t be any more acceptable because it’s performed in a hospital. Anyone actually willing to go through with the procedure can find a complicit doctor should pay for it on his/her or her/his own.

The proposal indulges confused people who should know that being “born this way” means keeping one’s original genitals. People are be better off without flipping no matter how much of a personal struggle maintaining the gender status quo may seem.

Unlike those who want to have a surgery so they can pretend they’ve switched teams, New York never changes. They’ve found yet another proposed way to push boundaries on the state’s buck. If this surgery is truly right for you, go for it. Just pay for the equipment addition by subtracting from your own bank account.

It’s not just that Albany wastes money in general: it’s that they even ponder wasting money on specific things like this. Such a mentality explains why so many of the state’s residents decide to give themselves new identities as residents of different states.

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