Who’s going to cover the cost of gender de-transitions – that is, treatments that reverse a gender transition? For that matter, who’s going to cover the cost of ongoing treatments to address the harmful physical and mental effects of gender transitions?
A new bill in Florida would require employers who cover gender transitions to pay for the rest of these treatments, as well. This policy makes sense: Businesses should think twice before pushing invasive and life-altering treatments that many if not most people will come to regret.
This bill reflects basic facts about transgenderism. To start, it is often a temporary phase. Yet gender-reassignment surgeries can have permanent effects, including serious physical complications and major mental health issues. And those who take gender altering hormones can develop significant medical complications and attendant costs, including treatments to deal with the loss of bone density as well as psychological issues. At Do No Harm, we work with many people who are paying, in money and regret, for the treatments they received earlier in life.
Many employers no doubt cover gender transitions in order to score points with radical activists pushing extreme ideology on society. If they do that, they can’t just be allowed to walk away from the lifelong consequences of this ideology for patients. Doing so is a disservice to their employees and to society itself. It is the essence of putting political point-scoring ahead of individual well-being.
At Do No Harm, we support efforts that hold radical gender activists to account. Florida State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia deserves credit for this creative approach to protecting patients. Here’s hoping the Sunshine State continues to put patients first.
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