HHS recently mandated that doctors must perform gender transition procedures on any child referred by a mental health professional, even if the doctor believes the treatment or hormone therapy could harm the child. Doctors who follow their Hippocratic Oath to act in the best interest of their patient instead of this new mandate can face severe consequences, including losing their job.
The Transgender Mandate also requires virtually all private insurance companies and many employers to cover gender transition procedures or face stiff penalties and legal action. There are two major insurance plans exempted from HHS’s mandate, however—the plans run by HHS: Medicare and Medicaid.
Why are the government’s plans exempt? Most children referred for gender dysphoria grow up not to be transgender and the government’s own panel of medical experts concluded that these gender transition procedures can be harmful.
Medicare and Medicaid don't even have to pay for these procedures because HHS’s medical experts believe gender transition procedures can be harmful. But HHS’s political appointees have pushed through a rule that will ruin doctors whose best medical judgment is that they cannot perform the very same procedures because it will harm the child under their care.
To be clear, this is not a question of access to care but of forcing a political ideology on doctors against their medical judgment. This mandate would be unique in requiring doctors to violate their Hippocratic Oath.
A decision to undergo a gender transition procedure is a difficult and deeply personal one, and it is especially complicated in the case of children. It is a private healthcare decision that should be between a family and their doctor, not decided by politicians and government bureaucrats.