California Puts A Travel Ban On Another State For Refusing To Fund Cosmetic Surgery

September 17, 2019
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California has added another state to their ever-growing blacklist. This time it is Iowa. So what is it that Iowa has done to deserve the honor of being reviled by California? Well, they decided that to stop funding cosmetic surgery for people on Medicaid. By cosmetic surgery, I mean gender transition surgery as it is not life-saving and only changes your outward appearance. California, of course, became unhinged over the news.

The announcement by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra means that as of Oct. 4, California will no longer offer taxpayer-funded trips to Iowa for any public employee or student at a state-run university.

Becerra’s authority came from a 2016 California law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown that bars state-funded travel to other states that undercut LGBT rights. The blacklist already included Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

Conservatives have called the law ineffective, inconveniencing, possibly unconstitutional and hypocritical. The state’s sports teams have turned to private funding to get around the restrictions, according to The Los Angeles Times.”

The law also prohibits using public resources to send academics and sports teams from California universities to the 10 states, but travel has continued as teams turn to private financing, including donations from boosters and corporate sponsors, to keep their schedules.

When the Cal State Long Beach men’s basketball team was invited in November to play in a tournament in Starkville, Miss., it asked the company that staged the tournament to cover its travel and hotel costs. Track stars were able to participate in the NCAA Track and Field National Championships this year because of private funds raised from supporters, said Andy Fee, the university’s athletic director.

“It’s extra work,” Fee said. “We’ve been lucky that we do have folks who understand the need to fundraise private dollars.”

So refusing to have taxpayers cover cosmetic surgery is discrimination? Seems like making the list is almost like an honor.

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