Beleaguered Donald Trump’s bigoted ban on transgender service members isn’t about military finances. If the cost of transgender military health care really was his concern, there is a much easier way to allay those costs. Trump would only need to finally act in the best interests of the country and cancel a couple Mar-a-Lago trips.
“A report for the Pentagon last year found that transition-related care would cost between $2.4 and $8.4 million per year – less than 0.14% of the military’s medical budget. That’s roughly the cost of four of Trump’s trips to Mar-A-Lago, even using a conservative estimate of $2 million per trip. And it’s way less than the $84 million spent on Viagra and similar meds by the Department of Defense in 2014.”
“So not only is Trump lying about the cost, his administration is openly doing this to appeal to bigots. This isn’t even a dog whistle. This is just a cynical, disgusting decision designed to get people to stop paying attention to Russia and health care long enough that he can fire Jeff Sessions so he can replace him with someone who will fire Mueller and give people something else to call their representatives about so they can take away health care from millions while we’re looking somewhere else.”
Clearly, this has nothing to do with finances and everything to do with narrow-mindedness.