Perhaps this blog will offend the gay community. I have nothing against gay people. Yet the news about San Francisco preparing to become the first city in the U.S. to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents is misplaced priority.
The U.S. and notably the State of California is heavily indebted. It should be careful with how it spends its money. Right now it is
only symbolic but down the road more tax money will have to pay for this. What about people who are dying due to severe illnesses and aren’t covered? Shouldn’t they have priority over someone who wants a sex reassignment surgery?If I become depressed or insecure because I’m bald and uninsured then shouldn’t the city pay for my hair transplant? If I’m depressed because people keep making fun of my big and flat nose shouldn’t the city pay for my nose lift? If I’m depressed because my eyes are squinted and want them larger shouldn’t the city pay for the surgery? When will this end?
I can understand the stand of the gay community and their lobbying; they have their own interest. It’s sad though that city officials in San Francisco are afraid to stand up for the rest of the non-gay community who have health needs which are physically more life threatening and these health needs have been around for decades. Who should have priority over scarce tax money or borrowed money for that matter?
Why is a non-life threatening need prioritized over someone who may be dying of cancer but doesn’t have enough money for treatment. There are many rich gay people in America. With the country’s financial woes perhaps they can and other non- gays put up a foundation to pay for the surgery of uninsured gays who want sex reassignments. Just like there are many charitable institutions in America whose sole purpose is to feed hungry Americans. This is even more compelling than a sex reassignment.
Money is tight yet priorities are based on those who lobby the hardest.