Rep. Burchett to Newsmax: Bill to Target Gender-Affirming Care

Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., says he and other lawmakers are drafting legislation to prevent health care companies from being forced into covering transgender election procedures.

“The state of Tennessee, Gov. [Bill] Lee is correct to ask for an investigation into this. This is not San Francisco or New York or Portland. This is Tennessee, for goodness’ sake,” Burchett said on Newsmax’s “Prime News” Saturday in reference to Lee’s call for an investigation into Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s transgender health clinic in response to a Twitter thread accusing the clinic of engaging in gender-affirming procedures for high profitability.

“We’re looking at it at the federal level. I would like to say that any elective surgery such as a sex change operation or anything like that would not be funded by Obamacare, would not be funded by the taxpayers. That’s what we need to do at the federal level, and myself are drafting legislation [as] others have in the past to do just that.

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