Sunday, March 03, 2019

Family Research Council's latest dishonest attack on trans soldiers omits dollars, lacks the sense

To attack transgender troops, Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council are using a familiar strategy - DISTORTION

A few days ago, the Family Research Council and its head, Tony Perkins, were all fired up concerning news about how much does trans health care costs the military:

At $8 million, gender-free isn't free. According to the Pentagon, that's the tab U.S. taxpayers are being stuck with thanks to Barack Obama's extreme military makeover. As of February 1, the Defense Department has forked over millions of dollars that it could have spent on equipment, salaries, and training to gender reassignment surgeries, hormones, and psychotherapy. And liberals are complaining that the border wall is a diversion of DoD funds? 
In the two years since Barack Obama decided to make the military his petri dish for LGBT experimentation, the costs have been significant -- and not just in dollars. More than 1,500 troops have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria in the ranks, and the latest report shows how many resources they're syphoning away from actual warfighting. For just those servicemembers, the Pentagon says the military has paid for 22,992 psychotherapy visits, 9,321 hormone prescriptions, and a whopping 161 surgeries (ranging from hysterectomies and breast augmentation to "male reproductive" construction). 
Surgeries alone racked up an eye-popping $2 million -- an average of $12,422 a person. Add that to the $5.8 million in therapy, and we're talking about a significant cash drain. Try telling that to the far-Left, who's already planning a series of House hearings objecting to the president's policy -- which is that our military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail." Liberals argue that his stance is "ignorant" and "mean-spirited." But they're ignoring the fact we're wasting money on gender reassignment instead of the troops' own assignment: fighting and winning wars.

Oh the horror it all . . . not so fast.