Warren: Provide Transgender Surgery to Servicemen, Empower Providers to Deem ‘Medically Necessary’

By Craig Bannister | November 6, 2019 | 11:05am EST
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

While promising to reduce America’s “bloated defense budget,” Democrat Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also says she plans to spend taxpayer dollars to pay for transgender surgery for members of the military who want it.

What’s more, as president, Warren says she would empower health care providers to declare a servicemember’s desire to have a sex change operation a medical necessity, according to a plan published on her Warren for President website (

Warren will also declare the “LGBTQ+ population” a minority group and move them into the Veteran Affairs (VA) Center for Minority Veterans, according to the plan:

“I have opposed the Trump Administration’s shameful ban on transgender service members from the start - and I’ll reverse it on the first day of my presidency.”

“I’ll include the LGBTQ+ population in the VA’s Center for Minority Veterans, ensuring that they receive targeted outreach and equal care and are treated with dignity and respect. A Warren VA will ensure that every LGBTQ+ person can get the equitable, gender-affirming, and culturally-competent health care they need.”

“That means providing all medically necessary care related to the health of transgender people, including transition-related surgery, and allowing providers discretion to deem gender-affirming procedures as medically necessary based on an individualized assessment.

“This care will also be available under Medicare for All. Professional medical associations recognize the need for transition-related surgery.”

Warren says she’ll accomplish these goals while, simultaneously, “reining in our bloated defense budget” and “ending these endless wars”:

“We can honor our veterans by ending these endless wars, reining in our bloated defense budget and reducing the influence of defense contractors at the Pentagon, and bringing our troops home responsibly - and then providing our veterans with the benefits they’ve earned. That’s why today I’m introducing my plan to care for our nation’s veterans, service members, military families, and survivors.”

During a Democrat debate last month, Warren criticized President Donald Trump for his decision to end one so-called “endless war” – in Syria:

“What this president has done is that he has sucked up to dictators, he has made impulsive decisions that often his own team doesn’t understand. He has cut and run on our allies and he enriched himself at the expense of the United States of America.

“In Syria, he has created a bigger-than-ever humanitarian crisis. He has helped ISIS get another foothold, a new lease on life.”

Warren went on to say, “I think we ought to get out of the Middle East; I don’t think we should have troops in the Middle East,” a claim her campaign quickly redefined as a desire to recall only “combat troops” – but, this “spin was worse than the gaffe,” according Washington Post Columnist Josh Rogin:

“Realizing their candidate had made a gaffe, the Warren campaign sent out a mid-debate tweet in which ‘Warren’ declared that we need to get our troops out of ‘Syria,’ not the entire Middle East. Campaign spokesperson Alexis Krieg told me in an email Warren ‘was referring to ‘combat troops’ since we have multiple non-combat bases, in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, etc and she did not mean those.’”


“The spin was worse than the gaffe. Does Warren (or the Warren campaign) not know that the United States’ Al Udeid base in Qatar flies “combat” missions fighting terrorists, including in Iraq and Syria, all the time? What is a “non-combat base” anyway? Are the U.S. bases in Iraq, to which our troops in Syria are now withdrawing, combat bases? Does Warren want to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq? The campaign declined to answer any of these questions.”


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