Yesterday, we reported that a prison inmate has filed a lawsuit in Indiana demanding that taxpayers fund his gender reassignment surgery. Now, reports have come in that a transgender service member successfully received gender reassignment surgery funded by taxpayers.
Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said the surgery was done Tuesday in a private hospital and was paid for by the military's health coverage because the doctor deemed it was medically necessary.
"Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital," White said, adding that because this service member "had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment, and the treating doctor deemed this surgery medically necessary, a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency."
Army Maj. Dave Eastburn said that waivers are required and routinely approved for medical procedures that military facilities don't have the expertise to perform.
This story and the one The Rebel reported on Tuesday reveal a disturbing pattern:
Gender reassignment surgery is becoming an inalienable right that taxpayers must finance.
Does this mean that if someone wants gender reassignment surgery and doesn't feel like paying for it, they can simply join the military?