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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supports the federal government paying for gender reassignment surgery under his Medicare for All plan.
“Absolutely,” de Blasio said Saturday in response to CBS News asking him if he supports Medicare for All paying for gender reassignment operations. “We have to respect everyone’s medical needs, and if someone needs a surgery to be whole and to live their life fully. The idea is a healthcare system that actually serves everyone to the fullest, not a healthcare system that rations and causes people to struggle to get just a little healthcare.”
The article goes on to state the following:
De Blasio is the first Democratic presidential candidate to say his Medicare for All plan would cover gender reassignment surgery.
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) June 30, 2019
Medicare as is has covered gender confirmation surgery since 2014, but private providers aren’t required to. @BilldeBlasio wants to replace private health insurance entirely with #MedicareForAll. @ewarren & @BernieSanders do too but haven’t spoken specifically about the operation https://t.co/ZJkpGAPxe5
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) July 1, 2019
De Blasio tweeted on Sunday, “As President, I will sign an Executive Order that automatically provides an honorable discharge to all those who were forced to leave the military because of their sexual orientation. I will also reverse Trump’s transgender military ban.”
“As President, I’ll immediately restore benefits to the LGBTQ veterans who received a less than honorable discharge simply because of who they are. The brave Americans who choose to dedicate themselves to serving this nation deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” he added.
As President, I’ll immediately restore benefits to the LGBTQ veterans who received a less than honorable discharge simply because of who they are. The brave Americans who choose to dedicate themselves to serving this nation deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) June 30, 2019
De Blasio marched in the “Pride” parade in NYC on Sunday:
— David Caplan (@DavidCaplanNYC) June 30, 2019
— Nina Kapur (@ninakapur1) June 30, 2019
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 1, 2019
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