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Downstate rep hopes to block Pritzker plan to fund gender reassignment surgery

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EFFINGHAM – State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Effingham) disagrees with Governor Pritzker's plan to tap Illinois' taxpayer-funded Medicaid program for gender reassignment surgery, he said Monday. The freshman legislator says he will be introducing legislation to stop the mandate from proceeding.

“This is yet another example of why people in our part of the state want to separate from Chicago,” Effingham Radio.com reports Bailey said earlier this week. “The Governor says that supporting the LGBTQ community by this publicly-funded kind of operation is the right thing to do. Well, I disagree!”

Governor Pritzker launched the policy change with an announcement last Friday. Under the governor's proposed coverage rules, Medicaid members age 21 and older diagnosed with gender dysphoria will be eligible for genital and breast-related surgeries.

“Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and I’m committed to ensuring our LGBTQ community and all Illinoisans have access to that right,” said Governor Pritzker. “Expanding Medicaid to cover gender affirming surgeries is cost effective, helps avoid long term health consequences, and most importantly is the right thing to do. With continued attacks coming from Washington, this administration will always stand with our transgender community and their right to lead safe and healthy lives.”

The Department has begun developing administrative rules to offer this coverage. Input from stakeholders and the public will be considered during the public comment period. The Department anticipates coverage will become available to Medicaid members upon adoption of the administrative rule, which is likely to be this summer.

Bailey said Pritzker's proposal to spend taxpayer dollars in such a way is "morally offensive."  He pointed to legislation passed in the Illinois House this session that also requires Illinois children to learn about members of the LGBTQ community in their history classes. HB 246 now awaits discussion and vote in the Illinois Senate. 

“We do not need the government intruding on our private lives and at the same time we absolutely do not need government spending our tax dollars on programs that are morally offensive to most people,” Bailey said. “First it was the mandating of teaching LGBTQ history to our children and grandchildren and now it is forcing taxpayers to pay for elective surgeries for sex changes. When will this stop?”

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  1. “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and I’m committed to ensuring our LGBTQ community and all Illinoisans have access to that right,” said Governor Pritzker.
    A right, well then tax evader Pritzker baby murderer, why don’t all new born babies have a right to healthcare?

  2. A thinking person will question what he hears; examine what he sees; and evaluate what others would have him believe. The fact is liars refuse to consider all scientific, psychiatric and medical knowledge in justifying their irrational agenda. Those who can convince you of absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
    Don’t fall prey to the transgender, “born that way” meme that has been perpetuated by the lying left and the main stream media even without any evidence to support the idea. There is no gender confusion gene.

  3. Trans agenda lives on despite flawed studies
    Monday, August 6, 2018
    DNA strand Yet another study claiming transgenders are born that way is being discredited.
    A study conducted in Spain is suggesting there’s a biological basis for transgender identity. It involved a single MRI done on the brains of 42 transgender people of both born genders. The study – discussed in a January 2016 Scientific American article – indicated the males had brains associated with that of females and vice versa.
    But Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, says that’s not how science works. She argues that numerous studies already prove a person’s brain is changed if they live a certain way or behave a certain way.
    Cretella: “For them to prove that the brains of transgender-identifying people are different, they would have to do a study that looks at hundreds and hundreds of infants … and follow that one set of infants into adulthood,” she explains.
    Nevertheless, Cretella has said in the past that the transgender movement has “gained legs” in the medical community and the culture “by offering a deeply flawed narrative.” The Spanish study, she says, is no different.
    “Bottom line, if transgender behavior and feelings were hardwired, they would have to be hardwired in DNA from fertilization,” she continues. “And if that were the case, a hundred percent of identical twins would match for their gender identity – and that is not the case by any means.”
    In fact, writes Cretella, the largest study of identical twin transgender adults showed that almost three-fourths (72%) of what contributes to transgenderism in one twin consists of non-shared experiences after birth – “that is, factors not rooted in biology

  4. “Expanding Medicaid to cover gender affirming surgeries is cost effective, helps avoid long term health consequences, and most importantly is the right thing to do,” Pritzker said in a statement issued Friday.
    Based on what science? Pritzker is either a liar or an idiot. Most persons who have sex reassignment surgery report being depressed and having suicidal thoughts. And regret having the surgery. So-called sex reassignment surgery (which is a lie, because genetics determine our sex; our sex cannot be reassigned) serves only to satisfy the genders confused irrational confusion.
    The sad consequence of using surgery to treat a psychological illness; when intensive psychotherapy is required to resolve the dissociative disorder that begins when a child; is it intensifies the negative health consequences.
    The really sad thing is our governor doesn’t have the lawful authority to unilaterally add so-called sex reassignment surgeries to medicaid. That is the constitutionally grant power of our state legislature…. the governor was never granted the authority to legislate from the executive office.
    His act is tyranny….

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