Sex Changes for ALL!!

Discussion in 'International Current News & Events' started by IrritatedWithUS, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. IrritatedWithUS

    IrritatedWithUS Well-Known Member

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    PORTLAND, Ore. -- An ordinance before the Portland City Council that would add trans-inclusive health care benefits, including sexual reassignment surgery, to one of the plans offered to city of Portland employees has passed with a unanimous vote.

    The vote took place Wednesday morning.

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has identified transgender health care as being medically necessary. In 2008, the AMA passed a resolution supporting public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender identity disorder and opposing the “exclusions of coverage for treatment of gender identity disorder when prescribed by a physician.”

    "As Mayor, it is important to me that we attract and retain the best and brightest employees to the City of Portland," Portland Mayor Sam Adams said in a press release the week before the vote. "Offering non-discriminatory health care benefits--as leading employers like ****, Google, Microsoft and IBM do--is one way to accomplish that goal. Covering basic, medically-necessary care is a matter of fairness, and it's the right thing to do."

    “We all know someone who has been denied medically necessary care by an insurance company,” said Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, previous to the vote. “This proposal would ensure that decisions about health care are made between doctor and patient.”

    The city of Portland currently offers two health care plans to city employees: an insured plan through Kaiser and a self-insured plan.

    Portland's self-insured CityCore plan, which covers 66 percent of employees, will now cover sexual reassignment surgery. Hormone therapy and counseling are already covered by the plan.

    The additional cost for adding coverage for sexual reassignment surgery is $32,302 out of a $41,615,000 CityCore Cost Projection for 2011-12, a .08 percent increase.

    For more background on this story, go here.

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    This is a full press release from the City of Portland:

    Today, Mayor Sam Adams, with the co-sponsorship of every member of Portland City Council, brought forward and unanimously passed transgender-inclusive healthcare for City of Portland employees.

    The City of Portland values diversity, and strives to be an equitable and diverse employer. Adding transgender inclusive benefits truly recognizes the importance of all employees covered under the City's health plan. The Mayor believes this action is about keeping and attracting the best and the brightest, in addition to being about basic fairness.

    “To the trans community of Portland, who each and every day makes this city a better place, it is my honor and privilege to serve on a City Council that can bring an ounce of fairness in return,” Mayor Adams said. All Commissioners offered passionate commentary. Commissioner Amanda Fritz said: “I appreciate living in a city and serving on a City Council where we look at what is the right thing to do…even if it's not politically popular.”

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has identified transgender health care as being medically necessary. In 2008, the AMA passed a resolution supporting public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender identity disorder and opposing the "exclusions of coverage for treatment of gender identity disorder when prescribed by a physician." The City already provides coverage for all employees (including transgender employees) for prescription medications, office visits and mental health treatments and other benefits. To truly provide medically necessary benefits that meet the needs of the City’s transgender employees, this recommendation adds coverage for the services required to complete gender transition. Commissioner Nick Fish said: “This City does not discriminate; it does not make judgments about people’s status. I believe today is a leadership moment, with the mayor leading us effectively on this issue and I am proud, as a member of this community, to vote aye.”

    Today’s vote makes Portland the third jurisdiction with transgender-inclusive benefits for public employees, joining Multnomah County and San Francisco. The City of Seattle is currently considering the adoption of similar benefits. Currently, 22 percent of Fortune 100 Companies as well as many Oregon businesses—large and small—offer inclusive health care to all employees, including healthcare for transgender employees. Commissioner Dan Saltzman said: “To let every person in the city live a happy and productive life: you can’t ask for more and you can’t aspire to any higher goal as a public servant. This is going to be one of my proudest legacies: helping people to live as who they are in all aspects. This is a small price to pay to help people live better lives.”

    The cost projection for adding coverage for sexual reassignment surgery is $32,302 out of a total $41,615,000 CityCore Cost Projection for 2011-12, a .08 percent increase. Adding this coverage is appropriate at this time and does not add a significant cost to the plan; other jurisdictions have found that once added, the true cost of this coverage is negligible. Commissioner Randy Leonard said: “At the end of the day, when people provide me with facts and figures, it doesn’t override what my heart tells me…aye.”

    This action reaffirms the City's commitment to the importance of being an equitable and inclusive employer.
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    I am so disgusted right now.
    Not only does Portland have a pedophile (not kidding) mayor, but he forced this into law. In a state with one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the states with the lowest health care coverage, they are handing out sex change operations to any city worker ON THE TAXPAYERS DIME while the state cuts state-ran insurance programs and slashes healthcare for non-city workers.

    I hope to God that an act of God crushes the city of Portland's government


    You know, i need some liposuction and plastic surgery. I'll send the bill to the mayor...if he's not having sex with a 16 year old boy....again
     
  2. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

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    ... ... um... What does a person say to this kind of thing? I'm beyond words. Shocked. Stunned.

    I hate to see my kids/grandkids live in a post-SHTF world, but then on second thought...I'm not too impressed with a lot of things in this on-the-brink-of-TSHTF world.

    Wow. Ugh...disgusting.
     

  3. FuturePrep

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    Just another sign of moral decay in our society. How long can any society last with such grotesque absurdities?
     
  4. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

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    This is society?

    I was kind of under the impression the SHTF back in 01'and its still splattering.
     
  5. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    What Sue said ... What can you say ...
     
  6. Bigdog57

    Bigdog57 Adventurer at large

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    "Soddam and Gomorrah" is here today....... we know what comes next...... :eek:
     
  7. Frugal_Farmers

    Frugal_Farmers Good ole country folk

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    Somebody Help Me--I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body.:2thumb::2thumb::2thumb:

    Things just never cease to amaze me these days.
     
  8. BadgeBunny

    BadgeBunny Well-Known Member

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    :scratch:scratch What if I like sex just the way it is ??
     
  9. CulexPipiens

    CulexPipiens Still waiting for the zombies.

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    Medically necessary... hmm, I'd definte that as emergency room visits, some basic preventive care and misc meds like antibiotics and such. If it isn't life threatening then is it truly medically necessary?


    Where the heck do these groups come up with these "necessary" statements? Or is this a case of the mayor at risk of getting voted out so he's "buying" another segment of voters?
     
  10. gypsysue

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    Let's hope there's enough of the other segment of voters to get rid of this mayor next election, and maybe get this thing repealed. The majority of the people of Portland are probably mortified---and pissed!
     
  11. IrritatedWithUS

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    very pissed. They even voted for a mayor and when he was elected, he immediately got prosecuted for having sex with a minor...and the courts didn't do anything.
     
  12. townparkradio

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    While it is medically possible to be born with male parts and a female brain, I doubt it happens often enough to justify the necessary repairs becoming part of the normal expected care. It should come up so amazingly rarely that most people outside of the medical profession shouldn't even know what the word "transsexual" means.

    I do actually know one person afflicted thusly, and talk to her periodically on instant messages, but the doctors have made it extremely clear to her that someone is more likely to win the lottery and be struck by lightning 6 times.. and then win the lottery again than to actually be born that way.

    She found out about it in early teens as puberty onset when she was SURE she (he at the time)was gay, because she was attracted to men, but she found homosexuality unnatural. It turns out her parents had already known since she was 4 years old and did not tell her because they felt the doctors were wrong, hilariously enough because of a "hippy" mindset on the part of the parents.

    It absolutely NEVER happens the other way, because it is a sideffect of an incomplete transition to male gender; all fetuses begin nominally as female. There is no true medical reason for a female to male transsexual.

    Anyway, scientific babble aside, my point remains, there's no reason the state should have a policy of paying for this, because it only happens to one in 4.6 million "male" children born. Everyone else is, frankly, just consciously making a choice to be a freak.
     
  13. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

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    And it makes me furious to think of all the more-common illnesses and afflictions that are going untreated because it's not covered by their insurance! You know...the kind that actually cause pain and incapacity, not the kind that just frustrates your self-image.