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  1. 13 Jul '11 13:17
    Portland will be adding sex reassignment surgery to it's health coverage for city employees. Do you believe this is something taxpayers should pay for? If we adopted a single payer system, would sex reassignment surgery be covered? Do you consider such a surgery to be medically necessary?
  2. 13 Jul '11 13:27
    Originally posted by dryhump
    Portland will be adding sex reassignment surgery to it's health coverage for city employees. Do you believe this is something taxpayers should pay for? If we adopted a single payer system, would sex reassignment surgery be covered? Do you consider such a surgery to be medically necessary?
    Portland has a large population of people like this so I guess it makes sense:



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jio2c6JLWg
  3. 13 Jul '11 13:50
    Originally posted by dryhump
    Portland will be adding sex reassignment surgery to it's health coverage for city employees. Do you believe this is something taxpayers should pay for? If we adopted a single payer system, would sex reassignment surgery be covered? Do you consider such a surgery to be medically necessary?
    How often can you have sex reassignment surgery?
  4. 13 Jul '11 13:56
    Originally posted by quackquack
    How often can you have sex reassignment surgery?
    Honestly, I don't know. You can have the surgery reversed, apparently.
  5. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    13 Jul '11 13:57
    Originally posted by quackquack
    How often can you have sex reassignment surgery?
    You don't have Lasik surgery very often either.
  6. 13 Jul '11 14:31
    Originally posted by sh76
    You don't have Lasik surgery very often either.
    I certainly would not want to pay for sex reassignment surgery but if we look at this in terms of economics (as opposed to a moral issue) perhaps it is not that big a deal.

    I am guessing as far as total costs go, the cost of offering sex reassignment surgery is probably pretty low because not that many people want it. I also wonder if many of these people who would opt for it, currently have psychological issues that are expensive (and covered) and if these cost decrease after surgery the net cost may be lower

    Proably there is a relatively huge demand for Lasik and that on young people it could cause other expensive problems down the road.
  7. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    13 Jul '11 15:00
    Originally posted by quackquack
    I certainly would not want to pay for sex reassignment surgery but if we look at this in terms of economics (as opposed to a moral issue) perhaps it is not that big a deal.

    I am guessing as far as total costs go, the cost of offering sex reassignment surgery is probably pretty low because not that many people want it. I also wonder if many of these p ...[text shortened]... demand for Lasik and that on young people it could cause other expensive problems down the road.
    That something costs less is not a very compelling reason that we should pay for it.
  8. 13 Jul '11 15:10
    I don't think medical insurance should cover any elective surgery. Insurance is supposed to cover unexpected things that happen to you, not things you'd simply like to change.
  9. 13 Jul '11 15:24
    Originally posted by Eladar
    I don't think medical insurance should cover any elective surgery. Insurance is supposed to cover unexpected things that happen to you, not things you'd simply like to change.
    Too bad there's a lot of people on this site that could use a new personality wish health insurance would cover that
  10. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    13 Jul '11 15:36
    Originally posted by Zapp Brannigan
    Too bad there's a lot of people on this site that could use a new personality wish health insurance would cover that
    No need for insurance. A new screen name and password. Hey pretso! A new personality. I ought to know.
  11. 13 Jul '11 15:50
    Originally posted by sh76
    That something costs less is not a very compelling reason that we should pay for it.
    I don't think you are objecting to insurance paying for non-essential items (you'd be ok with insurance for a yacht). I think you are objecting to the government paying for your non-essential surgery. To me this is exactly why people should purchase their own insurance and they can decide what they do not want insured. Some people might object to lasik, others abortions, others sex change surgery, plastic surgery etc.
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  14. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    13 Jul '11 15:52
    Now there's a point worth making 3 times!


    But yes, I agree with what you said.
  15. 13 Jul '11 16:03
    Originally posted by sh76
    Now there's a point worth making 3 times!


    But yes, I agree with what you said.
    My computer wasn't working and it definitely should not have been made three times