An Obvious Function Of Municipal Government

Sex change operations.

In the midst of cash-strapped Californians approving new taxes to prevent further cuts in essential state services, San Francisco health officials appear to have found the money to fund what they say is a much-needed service to residents living in the City by the Bay:

Sex changes.

The gender-switching surgeries are part of a comprehensive program for treating transgender people that the city’s Health Commission green-lighted on Tuesday and announced two days later. Backers say it will help ease the mental anguish of people who feel they are trapped in bodies of the wrong gender, but critics wonder why the taxpayers should foot the bill.

Under Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s current budget topped $7 billion for the first time in history this year. In addition to the local tax burden, residents have seen their cash-strapped state slash an array of services.

The idea of taxpayer-funded sex change operations came out of talks between public health officials and transgender rights advocates who wanted mastectomies, genital reconstructions and other surgeries covered under San Francisco’s universal health care program. City

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4 Responses to An Obvious Function Of Municipal Government

  1. fubar says:

    the argument for sex change operations could be squashed by a simple DNA test.

    (picturing our founding fathers rolling around in their graves)

  2. Uke says:

    If you saw the link and didn’t immediately know that you’d be reading about another case of San Francisco brand lunacy, you might need to see a doctor.

  3. notamobster says:

    Adam Corolla gave the best explanation I’ve ever heard, against sex change:

    (paraphrasing)

    ‘If I went to my doctor and asked him to cut off my arm because it was possessed by a woman, he’d throw me in the loony bin. If, however I went to my doctor and asked him to cut off my penis – for the same reason – he’d ask when I want to schedule my operation. It is mental illness and should be treated as such.”

  4. fubar says:

    “It’s a mental illness and should be treated as such.”

    It WAS listed in the DSM-IV as a mental disorder.
    I’m sure the freak lobby, whatever abbreviated term they are using at the moment has had it changed, or it’s in the works to be changed to reflect the societal norm of bizarro world.

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