President Trump tweeted one of his most controversial messages Wednesday morning using medical costs as a reason to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. The country’s largest medical organization, the American Medical Association (AMA), responded quickly on the same day saying “there is no medically valid reason” for the ban.
“Transgender individuals are serving their country with honor, and they should be allowed to continue doing so,” the American Medical Association said in a statement.
Trump made his controversial announcement in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote.
The AMA focused their response on the president’s use of the financial costs involved when transgender people serve. The American Medical Association’s statement cited a 2016 RAND study that found the financial burden of transgender individuals is “a rounding error in the defense budget and should not be used as an excuse to deny patriotic Americans an opportunity to serve their country.”
This position is not new to the AMA. Their policy “also supports public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender dysphoria as recommended by the patient’s physician,” according to the organization. The AMA has declared their support for legislation that impacts transgender individual’s rights in the past. The association supported the so-called “bathroom bills” in Texas and North Carolina.
“We should be honoring their service, not trying to end it,” the statement concluded.
What do you think about President Trump’s decision? Do you agree with the point that the AMA is making or disagree with it? Where do you think this debate is headed? We know that there is a great deal of emotion surrounding this issue, so we ask that your comments be respectful.
Credit: The Hill