Sex change operations have become so common in our culture that naturally, a politically correct medical community is now viewing the elective, superficial plastic surgery as a necessary ‘treatment’ for gender dysphoria, and even, in the case of one recent lawsuit, a right.
A Washington mother is so upset that her Catholic health insurance company, PeaceHealth, will not cover her daughter’s ‘treatment’ for her gender dysphoria that she is convinced they have unfairly discriminated against her family and is taking them to court over it.
Cheryl Enstad is an employee of PeaceHealth and her family receives health insurance through the company. When her daughter, “Pax”, who is a biological female, was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, their doctor recommended chest reconstructive surgery, The Washington Times reports. The family was distraught to find that the insurance company rejected their claim for the surgery citing that they did not cover “transgender services.”
The family submitted the pre-surgery authorization to the company, but was distraught to find that they rejected coverage for the surgery citing that they did not cover “transgender services.”
The ACLU is now representing Enstad and her daughter, who claim that PeaceHealth violated state law as well as Obamacare by denying Pax coverage for her surgery.
“The Plan singles out transgender beneficiaries for unequal treatment by categorically depriving them of all medical care for gender dysphoria, regardless of whether those treatments are medically necessary,” the complaint filed with U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington reads.
Ms. Enstad and her husband say they have already spent $10,000 on their daughter’s various medical services, which was taken out of her college fund.
A spokesman for PeaceHealth was unable to comment to The Washington Times on the case as it is ongoing, but he did make this statement:
“Throughout our 126-year heritage, we have been dedicated to embracing and celebrating the diversity of our communities, our caregivers and the individuals we are privileged to serve,” he said. “We remain committed to promoting personal and community health, and treating each person in a loving and caring way.”
Perhaps it does not fall within this faith-based organization’s idea of treating a person as loving and caring to allow them to mutilate their body so they can pretend to be something they will biologically never become?
‘Sex change’ regret is a real, documented phenomenon, especially among young people. We certainly cannot speak for PeaceHealth, but one does wonder if allowing this young woman to get an irreversible surgery that would only change her physical appearance would really be the most compassionate thing to do.
Gender dysphoria is a real, diagnosable, neurological disorder that absolutely must be addressed, this is true. But what kind of slippery slope is it to insist an insurance company, especially a faith-based insurance company, cover elective, superficial surgeries because they are supposed ‘treatments’ for gender dysphoria, especially when there is good reason to believe surgery does not actually treat dysphoria?
There is no known cure for gender dysphoria, which means that ‘transitioning’ is not a treatment as it does not reduce or eliminate the condition. In fact, living as the opposite sex only indicates one is fully committed to believing their dysphoria and allowing them to do this is almost cruel.
As Dr. Paul McHugh, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University says, “It’s like performing liposuction on an anorexic [person].”