Newswire: Trans health care would cost the military about a fifth of its annual Viagra budget

Earlier today, Donald Trump hopped on his usual avenue of presidential address—the screaming hate-storm that is his Twitter account—to inform transgender soldiers in America’s military that their services would no longer be needed. In his tweets, Trump cited the “the tremendous medical costs” of trans health care as one of his primary arguments for banning trans soldiers from service.

Given just how big the military’s budget is, though, people were quick to start asking: How much would hormone replacement therapy, sexual reassignment surgery, and other trans health care issues actually cost the various branches of the U.S. military? The answer: about a fifth of what it spends on Viagra.

This is per Allure, which cites two different studies, one from the New England Journal Of Medicine, and another commissioned by the Department Of Defense, showing that transition-related health care would cost the military somewhere between …

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