The final rules on Essential Health Benefits standards could end a long history of discrimination against transgender health coverage, as many states are already extending protections to ensure transgender people can access the benefits they deserve. But Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) doesn’t want trans people’s health needs covered by insurance, simply because he’s not transgender himself:
BROUN: I don’t want to pay for a sex change operation. I’m not interested. I like being a boy.
As The Young Turks pointed out, Broun’s position mirrors a recent comment by fellow Georgia lawmaker Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) that he doesn’t support marriage equality because he doesn’t want to marry a man. If the Republican Party truly wants to reach out to minorities more and tone down its rhetoric against LGBT issues, its members might need to make it less obvious when they show no empathy for people who are different from them.