Scarce resources should be used for learning, not sex changes

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture
Thursday, June 6, 2013

University administrators across the country are deciding to add sex reassignment surgery to their health insurance plans. For example, in recent history, UC-Berkeley, Duke University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago have all adopted this change.

Although adding plans that include the controversial surgery only benefit a select minority of students, you can be sure in almost every case, every student will be asked to bear additional financial burden.

At UIC, for example, many of the 28,000 students will be forced to pay an additional 1.1 percent per year increase on their university health care plans due to the change. Besides the fact that some students may object morally to the operation, it seems both unfair and dangerous to force the many to cater to the offbeat wishes of a few.

While the actual price tag per student is admittedly small per student, this change sets a precedent that in future could allow any minority force their peers to fork over cash for their parochial tastes or interests. Administrators, who are savvy business operators in one of the nation’s most profitable industries, education, surely perceive this danger and have had to concoct some odd explanations for why allowing this change makes sense, this time.

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