President Donald Trump made a bold move earlier this week and it has turned into a major national controversy.
Ever since Trump announced he was banning transgender people from serving in the military, the left-wing media machine has been busy spreading misinformation about this important issue. Now conservatives are fighting back and explaining the true cost of transgender military health care.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, delivered an excellent analysis of the recent transgender military controversy (via Family Research Council):
President Trump was right to be concerned about “the tremendous medical costs and disruption” caused by allowing those who identify as transgender to serve in the military. The Family Research Council’s own analysis of the potential costs — showed that the direct medical costs (surgery and hormones) could be nearly $1 billion dollars over 10 years. Meanwhile, the lost time due to service members not being deployable or taking special leave could drive the total cost to anywhere from $1.9 billion to $3.7 billion over 10 years.
For service members to be considered medically fit, they are supposed to be deployable anywhere in the world at any time, without the need for specialized medical care. Yet those who have had gender reassignment surgery do need specialized medical care, and they require hormones for the rest of their lives. This — not the question of whether such individuals are patriotic or want to serve their country — must be the decisive factor in setting military policy.
Another top policy analyst – Peter Sprigg with the Family Research Council – studied the numbers earlier this year and found that supplying health care to transgender servicepeople could cost U.S. taxpayers billions, although authorities have done their best to conceal the true costs.
As the Family Research Council reported earlier this year:
The RAND Corporation undertook an analysis of this question in 2016, and came up with a broad-range estimate that the health-related costs of gender transition would total between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually (i.e., between $24 million and $84 million over ten years).
However, these estimates were drawn from actuarial data based on the estimated increase in insurance premiums for private employers who adopted coverage for gender transition. Since the military pays for the health care of active duty service members directly, it is more logical to look at the direct costs of such procedures. In addition, the RAND study made estimates of lost time due to recovery from gender reassignment surgery, but placed no dollar value on this indirect, but very real cost to the armed forces.
The idea to openly accept transgender Americans into the military was forced upon the armed forces by former President Barack Obama. Trump consulted with the military experts and made the decision to end this practice – Americans should stand with him!