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Old July 10th, 2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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Oregon Okays Child Abuse - Paid For By Medicaid

Oregon Subsidizing Sex-Change Operations for 15-Year-Olds | Washington Free Beacon

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An Oregon policy enacted in January allows individuals as young as age 15 get sex-change operations that are covered by the state’s Medicaid program.

Fox News reported that the decision for the Oregon Health Plan to cover such procedures, which can be obtained by 15-year-olds without parental permission, came from Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC), the members of which are appointed by the governor and paid by the state.

The public was not surveyed before the policy was enacted.

As a result, the state Medicaid program now covers cross-sex hormone therapy, puberty-suppressing drugs and gender-reassignment surgery for individuals at or above age 15 — the age of medical consent in the state — for those who are diagnosed with the mental disorder ‘gender dysphoria.’

According to HERC, the inclusion of these procedures in the Oregon Health Plan could cost up to $150,000 each year.

Health insurance in Oregon has been subject to controversy in the past. The state’s failed Obamacare exchange Cover Oregon — which cost $300 million in federal funds — was eventually dissolved by lawmakers.

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I support contraception, abortion, homosexuality, sex change operations, or anything else that will lower the liberal fertility rate.
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And I find it interesting how the craziest of the crazy around here almost always reveal themselves to be RW conservatives, sooner or later.
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I think making permanent changes of one's body at age 15 is wrong. It sure is wrong without parental permission unless the child is emancipated.
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I think making permanent changes of one's body at age 15 is wrong. It sure is wrong without parental permission unless the child is emancipated.
You seem to have some common sense. You are obviously living in the wrong state.
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No law prohibits minors from receiving sex-change hormones or even surgery, but insurers, both private and public, have generally refused to extend coverage for these procedures to those under 18. In March, New York’s Medicaid drew a line at that age, and at 21 for some procedures.

But the number of teenagers going through gender reassignment has been growing amid wider acceptance of transgender identity, more parental comfort with the treatment and the emergence of a number of willing practitioners. Now advocates like Empire State Pride Agenda are fighting for coverage at an earlier age, beginning with hormone blockers at the onset of puberty, saying it is more seamless for a teenage boy to transition to becoming an adult woman, for example, if he does not first become a full-bodied man.

“Some of these women are passing, but barely, when they transition at 40 or 50,” said Dr. Irene Sills, an endocrinologist who just retired from a busy practice in the Syracuse area treating transgender children, including Kat. “At 16 or 17, you are going to have such an easier life with this.”

Given that there are no proven biological markers for what is known as gender dysphoria, however, there is no consensus in the medical community on the central question: whether teenagers, habitually trying on new identities and not known for foresight, should be granted an irreversible physical fix for what is still considered a psychological conditio

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Advocates say that extending treatment to teenagers will alleviate depression and suicide. With that in mind, Oregon’s Medicaid began covering the gamut of treatment, regardless of age, in January. Patients as young as 15 do not need parental consent.

The evidence is mixed. A large-scale Swedish study at the Karolinska Institute found that starting about a decade after gender reassignment surgery, transgender people were still more than 19 times as likely to die by suicide as the general population.

Complicating matters, studies suggest that most young children with gender dysphoria eventually lose any desire to change sex, and may grow up to be gay, rather than transgender. Once into adolescence, however, their dysphoria is more likely to stick.

Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and its hospital’s former psychiatrist in chief, is skeptical of the use of surgery for a psychological condition, and even more so for children. “Bruce Jenner — who cares?” said Dr. McHugh, who said he played a role in closing a transgender surgery program at Johns Hopkins about 35 years ago. “He’s a wonderfully successful person. He’s got all kinds of social networks. He’s got plenty of money. No one’s objecting to him if he wants to live as a woman. This is America, be my guest.



“But we’re talking about children with a future ahead of them.”
It's being done worldwide, although there is little information on those under age 18. I can't pretend to know what it must be like to be "trapped" as they say in another gender's body. But I do know this is long overdue to be talked about. These are human beings. With the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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It's being done worldwide, although there is little information on those under age 18. I can't pretend to know what it must be like to be "trapped" as they say in another gender's body. But I do know this is long overdue to be talked about. These are human beings. With the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
For sure back in the 60's I had some difficult feelings about being female. That was before women's liberation and I didn't like the discrimination against women, but I was obviously attracted to males, and thought being a mother was the most important thing a woman could be. I have enjoyed being a female, but in my next incarnation I want to be a tall, good-looking man, with a deep voice.
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I am definitely in favor of gender dysphoria being treated and paid for by insurance like any other mental or physical disorder.

But, I question this kind of radical operation being done to a 15 year old child. The body is still growing and changing and evolving at 15. The doctor is - I presume - knowledgeable and knows what he's doing, but it just doesn't seem like something a 15 year old should be put through physically (no matter how mentally prepared he/she may be for it). Although I was technically 'grown up' at 15, my body still went through a lot of changes between 15 and 21.
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If you cannot have an abortion if underage, without parental consent, why on earth would this be okay? I support an individual's right of self determination, I just don't agree that people that young actually have the brain development necessary to make that decision yet. Though at 15 a person surely knows if they are ready or not to be a parent and should be able to have an abortion if they so choose.
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Your source is a right wing blog owned by rich people pushing to make themselves richer by getting people to vote for the party of the rich; republican/teabaggers.

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Michael Goldfarb is an American conservative[1] political writer. He was contributing editor for The Weekly Standard[2] and was a research associate at the Project for the New American Century.[3] During the 2008 presidential race he served as John McCain's deputy communications director.[4] He is a founder of the online conservative magazine The Washington Free Beacon.[1] Goldfarb attracted some online attention for two posts ridiculing liberal bloggers as basement-dwelling Dungeons and Dragons players.[5]

He has a B.A. in history from Princeton University.[6] In an article titled "A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen," the New York Times called Goldfarb "an all-around anti-liberal provocateur" and said he "has blazed a trail in the new era of campaign finance, in which loosened restrictions have flooded the political world with cash for a whole new array of organizations that operate outside the traditional bounds of the parties."[7]
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Seems to me there's only on thing true about your source. It's agenda is to attack anyone not a radical right winger.
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