President Trump’s ban on transgender persons in the military is ridiculous. After consultation with unnamed “generals and military experts,” the president has decided on this ban, so as to avoid the question on whether military health benefits would cover medical costs for transgender individual.
A study by the Rand Corporation in 2016 estimates these costs as between $2.4 million and $8.4 million. So, the total expected costs are about the same as the costs of between one and three weekend visits to Mar-a-Lago. If President Trump is so desperate to save taxpayers’ money, he should just stay in Washington for the weekend.
This is not about the money; it is just a slap in the face to the LGBT individuals inside and outside the military. The House Armed Services committee will hold hearings on this, but they won’t.
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