Turns out, if you want to live an authentic lifestyle that requires surgery, all you have to do is sue your insurance company and they'll feel bullied into providing whatever types of surgeries you want — even at taxpayer expense. At least that's how this latest case involving a transgender woman from Cincinnati went down. It demonstrates just how entitled the transgender movement has become and how taxpayer dollars are being wholly misused.
An employee of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Rachel Dovel "came out" as transgender last year and later wanted to transition from male to female via gender reassignment surgery, in order to live a more authentic life as a woman.
Cincinnati.com reports: "Rachel Dovel didn't mean to become a crusader for transgender rights. But the library employee found herself cast in that role last year when the library's health insurance refused to pay for her gender confirmation surgery — and the library's board wouldn't budge."
On Monday, Dovel settled a lawsuit between she and the library and Anthem. While Dovel did end up taking out a personal loan and paying for surgery, as Anthem had originally refused to cover it, they ultimately decided to add transgender surgery to its base plan, despite the plea for coverage coming from only one person. Whether Dovel received a monetary payout is unclear.
"Dovel argued that denying medically necessary health care for a transgender employee constituted discrimination on the basis of sex, pointing out non-transgender employees received medical coverage for the same or substantially similar medical care denied to transgender employees," Cincinnati.com says.
Transitioning from male to female in any form, whether via surgery or hormone blockers and supplements isn't a medical necessity — it's a wish list. Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh says a drastic surgery won't address psychological and social issues lurking within the transgender person.
Furthermore, forcing an employer's hand, via threat of potentially expensive litigation, to basically cover a surgical wish list that, if denied, isn't life-threatening, is so entitled it's absurd. To do so on the taxpayer's dime — the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, is at least partially funded by taxpayer dollars — in a state where the median income is less than the nation's average is a convoluted mix of oblivion and greed and a misuse of taxpayer dollars.
Nicole Russell is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is a journalist in Washington, D.C., who previously worked in Republican politics in Minnesota. She was the 2010 recipient of the American Spectator's Young Journalist Award.
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