Thingish Things

Pre-Op Medicaid Redesign

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Sep• 29•11

You’ve got to be kidding me…

New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team is recommending to Governor Cuomo that transgender surgeries be paid for by Empire State taxpayers, according to a story today by intrepid New York Post scribe Carl Campanile. Governor Cuomo has not yet said what he will do about the proposal. 

This comes from the redesign team whose members are charged with saving New York taxpayers money. If this is the starting point of the conversation, we may as well turn out the lights in the state. It means the very people handpicked by the governor to reform Medicaid’s massive overspending problem have zero sense of how bad the state’s fiscal problems are. Whoever made this recommendation should be banished to Vermont.

I don’t mean to be offensive,  but here’s a pretty good rule of thumb: Medicaid should cover body parts that God gave each of us.  If you are a woman trapped inside a man’s body and want to shed your masculine trappings, you’re on your own.

If this is pre-op Medicaid redesign, I shudder to imagine the post-op Frankenstein monster this team is creating.

Are we really discussing this? 


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One Comment

  1. liz feld says:

    Imagine the hand-wringing behind closed doors on how to handle the public discussion. This is what passes for serious policy debate in NY. If you can’t balance your books, shift the balance of your body parts. Talk about Medicaid fraud.

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