Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said that the Biden administration wanted to use a taxpayer-funded insurance program for children to fund sex changes.
“Is the president serious — he wants to take our Childhood Health Insurance Program and pay for this?” Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland asked Becerra during a Tuesday hearing held by the House Appropriations Committee about the Biden Administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2024, referring to “gender-affirming” treatment of children that has been restricted by several states, including Tennessee.
The Childhood Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health-care coverage for children in families that are not eligible for Medicaid, but who are unable to afford private health insurance, according to Healthcare.gov.
“I want to be careful how I answer this, because I answer this as secretary, but I also answer this as a father,” Becerra responded.
“This is a very simple question,” Harris said. “Does the President want to use CHIPs money to pay for gender mutilation surgery?”
Officials in the Biden administration have called for taxpayer funds for the procedures on multiple occasions.
“If it is a simple question, then I will tell you the simple answer is we want to make sure everyone in America has access to the health care that they need,” Becerra said.
“So the answer is yes,” Harris said.
President Joe Biden suggested that he would back legislation to prohibit states from restricting “gender-affirming” medical procedures in an October 2022 interview with social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney, who is transgender, and repeated the sentiments while criticizing Florida’s restrictions on the procedures.
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