"A common theme is attacking healthcare provided to LGBTQ
people, as if it's superficial, a luxury, or frivolous.
The Mail have had several pieces over the past
couple of yrs attacking healthcare for trans people, including
surgery, endocrine & fertility
work, I talk to a LOT of the public about trans healthcare. Being
a 'waste of money' is a massive concern of many. Because of
Trans healthcare has some of the best outcomes
regarding mental health etc of any care, but it's demonised and
Trans men getting pregnant have
specific healthcare requirements, sure. This costs extra. As
do... countless women who get pregnant also.
thing. This isn't about money. It's about using 'the taxpayer's
pound' as an emotional lever to push moral pressure via the
When the Mail talk about trans young people getting
hormonal intervention, they back up their scaremongering with the
costs of the drugs.
£5000 SURGERY is a cheap surgery,
but it sounds expensive. And that's used to help push moral
messages. Of transphobia, in these cases.
MONTH PUBERTY PAUSERS are demonised for trans kids, yet the many
times greater number of cis kids that get them are Acceptable
-- Ellen Murray (@ellenfromnowon),
2016-07-31 (link is to one tweet, but should display entire
thread, if you want to read what I skipped over)
[She's discussing UK media and arguments about the NHS, but I
hear similar arguments in the US about what Medicaid should pay
for, what a hypothetical single-payer system would pay for,
whether it's somehow imposing unduly on them to have trans care
included in the insurance their employer provides, etc.]