Wednesday, December 31 1969

Nets Tout ‘Outrage’ on Trump’s Trans Ban, Ignore $70 Million Cost

Written by Corinne Weaver

0.01% looks like a small percentage, but $69,000,000 is an enormous number. That’s how much the military would spend on healthcare in 2018 for its 250 transgender members currently in transition, according to NBC’s online article.

But instead of focusing on numbers like that, the network news shows touted “outrage” against Trump and interviewed experts claiming the president’s tweets “harm national security.”

During their evening news shows July 26, the three broadcast networks expressed anger, while some ignored critical numbers. NBC Nightly News’ White House Correspondent Kristen Welker reported that, “The latest report shows medical costs for transgender troops represent a small fraction of the overall defense budget.” According to NBC, there are 250 active transgender military members currently in the medical process of “transitioning.”

While the National Defense Authorization Bill, passed by the House of Representatives in June, allots $696 billion for 2018 Defense Budget, NBC in its online article reported that 0.01% of that bill would be spent on “transgender health.”

Do the math. 0.01% of $696 billion is $69.6 million. If the ban had not been put in place, the military would have spent $69,600,000 on 250 personnel transitioning procedures, including hormonal therapy and gender re-assignment surgery. In comparison, an Apache helicopter costs the military $30 million, a cost also cited in the online NBC article.

Read more at NewsBusters

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