Well, the City of San Francisco has announced that it will now offer SRS (though they are apparently, and quite ignorantly, calling it "gender reassignment surgery") to those covered by the City's "Health San Francisco (HSF)" health care plan. HSF basically replaced what used to be called "Community Health Network," which provided medical for those who are uninsured and unable to pay for their own care. It is a bit more formalized, and instead of the usual "sliding scale" used in most locations, it is more like an HMO.
The reaction to the article in the San Francisco Chronicle should act as a wake up call for the transgender extremists, but, of course, they will probably continue as cluelessly as usual. At the time of writing this, there are 333 comments, almost all of which are negative, and many of which, including some from gay males, are downright hateful. Granted, the comments also show an overwhelming degree of complete ignorance of the subject.
The facts are simple. Very few people, relatively speaking, actually seek sex reassignment surgery. Even when it is offered to them on the proverbial silver platter. Most will find an excuse why they will "wait," even if they try to avoid coming right out and admitting that they have absolutely no desire to give up their penis. I worked with a number of "transgender" people when I received my surgery, which was covered by insurance. Most of the people I worked with failed to have the surgery, even though they all, initially, claimed they would rush to have it. One other co-worker actually had the surgery, and one FTM co-worker had chest surgery. The rest did not even seriously make an effort to check it out. Similar results occurred when San Francisco became the first municipality to offer the surgery to its employees. There were actually very few takers.
Some of the comments on the Chronicle's website predicted that the rush to have the surgery would bankrupt the City. It was even suggested by a few idiots that San Francisco will fall victim to "medical tourists" who will drop in, have a sex change, and return home. Never mind the fact that the process will probably take months, if not years, to complete. When I had my surgery, I had already been seeing a therapist for over a year, and even then, my case had to be presented to a committee for consideration. I was quickly approved, but it was not automatic. I imagine a similar approach will be used by Healthy San Francisco. In any case, I would also assume that anyone seeking coverage will be required to meet the full Standards of Care.
The comments also included the usual comments about how the surgery is "elective," "cosmetic," and "unnecessary," Amazingly, there were few objections raised. I had no desire to get involved in the fight, but I doubt the vast majority of "transgender" activists even care, and many are probably, at least secretly, hoping that the naysayers will actually succeed and spare them all having to explain why they are not rushing to have the surgery now that it is suddenly "affordable.
I seriously doubt there will be any flood of transgender people to San Francisco in search of free SRS. A few may come here, but there simply are not that many who want the surgery to begin with.
But it will be an embarrassment for the "people would have the surgery, but they can't afford it" crowd. And the transgender extremists who think there is widespread acceptance should read some of the comments. They are not nearly as "accepted" as they think. And yes, they really are doing harm to true transsexuals. What should be a "no-brainer" is being treated as an outrage by people who have no real idea of what is going on.