GOP Poised To Strip Medically Necessary Care For Transgender Troops

by Dominic Parks July 15, 2017, 0:29
GOP Poised To Strip Medically Necessary Care For Transgender Troops

Hartzler previously offered an amendment - since withdrawn - that would stop the military from enlisting transgender members.

"Drip by drip we have watched our military's focus eroded", Perry said.

A Missouri Congresswoman is seeking to bar federal funding from being used for healthcare related to transgender servicembers' unique healthcare needs, a discriminatory and unconstitutional move. Mattis stated that "this action in no way presupposes the outcome of the review" and does not change the policies now in effect, including the policy of allowing those now enlisted to serve openly as transgender.

Though they make up a relatively small percentage of the population, transgender people are twice as likely as other Americans to serve in the military. 'It is imperative that the House of Representatives reject this harmful amendment'.

It means the military health care system will be called on to provide such surgeries as routine treatments for the first time, unless the Trump administration changes Obama-era policies that allow transgender troops to remain on duty. As announced in 2016, the Department's policy would have required individuals to complete any medical treatment that their doctor had determined was necessary in connection with their gender transition, and to be "stable in their preferred gender" for 18 months, as certified by their doctor, before entering the military.

But Mattis called Hartzler on Thursday to urge her to withdraw the amendment from the defense bill, two senior congressional sources told CNN.

Had the amendment passed, it would have restricted funds available to the Department of Defense to go toward transition-related health care affecting thousands of transgender members of the armed forces and military families.

Last month, Mattis - a former four-star Marine Corps general whose political philosophy remains ambiguous - postponed a decision made by his predecessor, Ash Carter, to end the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.

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"With the challenges we are facing across the globe, we are asking the American people to invest their hard-earned money in national defense", Hartzler said in a statement, according to ABC News.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called the amendment a form of discrimination and bigotry "which had no other goal but to denigrate transgender men and women who serve our country".

LGBT groups also condemned Hartzler for calling transgender service members a "domestic threat" in an interview with the conservative Family Research Council.

"The Hartzler Amendment is specifically created to discriminate against transgender members of the Armed Forces and their families", Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the ACLU, stated. Following official ratification of the leadership's decision by the House Rules Committee later tonight, the amendment will head to the House floor.

The Rules Committee approved her amendment 10-2 along party lines, with Democratic Reps.

The amendment would have prohibited the Pentagon from paying for gender transition treatments like hormone therapy.

The RAND study estimates that 30 to 140 people would seek new hormone treatment each year, while 25 to 130 would seek gender transition-related surgeries.


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