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Medicare Not Paying for Diagnostic Cancer Tests, May Cover Sex Change Operations
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 29, 2013 @ 6:55 pm In The Point | 17 Comments
Call this the NHSization of Medicare and Medicaid. In the UK thousands of patients are starved to death in hospitals, but unnecessary and wasteful sex change procedures are paid for. In Canada, it’s the same story.
While some are celebrating the Alberta government’s decision to reinstate funding for gender reassignment surgeries, official opposition leader Danielle Smith says it’s not in line with the health care priorities of Albertans.
“We have unacceptable wait times for medically-necessary surgery, growing backlogs of seniors waiting for long-term care, seniors in long-term care being fed inedible food and a bureaucracy that prevents money from getting to the front lines,” she said in a release.
“If the government is going to pay for additional health care, it should consider things like dentistry, insulin pumps, and hearing aids for seniors first. While we respect the freedom of individuals to seek this procedure, it is clear there are more pressing priorities and needs for Albertans that must be put first.”
Now under Obama Inc, this same Politically Correct insanity is headed to the United States. Medicare has over 38 trillion in unfunded liabilities and it has stopped paying for diagnostic tests.
So naturally we can look forward to senior citizens facing death panels while mentally ill people get their genitals mutilated to make them feel better about themselves… at taxpayer expense.
In response to a formal request from a transsexual woman, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 28 that it has launched a formal “reconsideration” of its current refusal to cover surgical treatment for “gender identity disorder.”
According to CMS, Surgical Treatment for Gender Identity Disorder (formerly referred to as transsexual surgery in chapter 140.3 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual) is currently not covered under the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.
Considering Obama Inc. mandating that men in dresses be allowed to use the ladies room at colleges, this is a no brainer. It’s going to happen. The only question is whether Republicans will have the guts to challenge this by pointing out the 38 trillion in unfunded liabilities and how badly seniors are struggling already.
One formal request to reconsider the denial of coverage came in an Aug. 21, 2012 letter to CMS: “I am writing to initiate a review of NCD 140.3 Transsexual Surgery,” Emily Pittman Newberry wrote in a letter to the CMS Coverage and Analysis Group.
“Emily” is actually the guy you see in the photo above who claims to be raising money for his sex change op. Apparently his name is Sterling and he just wants what everyone wants, unnecessary and destructive cosmetic surgery paid for by the taxpayers.
My campaign was always about much more than raising money for my own surgeries. I said from the start that I think it is terrible I should even have to ask for these contributions; these surgeries should be covered by Medicare and all other insurance companies.
I worked for 30 years at good paying jobs, paying my Medicare taxes gladly because I believed in the system. And now, when I need it most, that system has let me down.
Currently Sterling/Emily is only up to 11 grand, but I’m sure Uncle Barry will be happy to kick in the other 90 thou. And while I’m not going to speculate as to what sort of productive jobs Sterling worked at, he’s currently a “poet” with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dickinson College, a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from John F. Kennedy University and a graduate of Authentic Happiness Coaching.
So yes indeed. NHS here we come. Death panels for seniors. Politically correct surgeries for idiots.
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