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You First, Andy

By on 10.1.11 | 2:49PM

From New York we have yet another demonstration of how the "why-don't-we-give-them-what-they-want-so-they-will-shut-up?" strategy never works with cause groups. The dedicated casuist barely takes time to celebrate a victory before moving on to the next demand.

New Yorkers are hardly accustomed yet to gay marriage. Comes now a ruling class panel with the Orwellian name of the Health Disparities Work Group to advise Governor Andrew Cuomo that taxpayers should be obliged to pay for sex change operations under Medicaid. The recommendation is being considered by the Medicaid Redesign Team (Who makes up these names?) and will ultimately wind up on Cuomo's desk.

As Dave Barry would say, I'm not making this up. By the way, Planet California already has this "benefit." Setting a new NCAA record for understatement, New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) said the recommendation "doesn't seem to be appropriate." Ya think? State Conservative Party chairman Mike Long came closer to the mark with, "This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars."

We can pray that Cuomo goes against type and spikes this brave new absurdity. If he doesn't, perhaps New York Republicans could agree to pay for these surgeries only if Andy goes first. Andrea is a nice name.

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