On Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is much more focused on building a political portfolio then he is on enforcing the laws of his state, announced that California taxpayers would no longer fund trips to Iowa because of that state’s new law pulling “gender protections” out of Medicaid.
Iowa now becomes the 11th state on the list of places that California public employees and college students cannot travel using government funds. Each and every one of the states has made the list not because of some feud with California or some aspect of the law that makes travel unsafe, but simply because they passed laws that don’t meet with California’s sense of “wokeness.”
“The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare,” Becerra said in a press release. “California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it.
In case you’re not sure what the hell “gender-affirming healthcare” is…it’s what you think. Iowa’s governor signed into law this March a prohibition on Medicaid paying for gender transition surgeries – sex changes, under the old nomenclature. This is unacceptable according to the Doctrine of Modern Leftism, so Becerra felt he had to take a stand. It won’t be long before California public employees will literally be barred from visiting any state other than a handful of blue ones on the coasts.
Of course, the truth is that Becerra is bound by California state law. And according to a law Democrats passed in 2016, California must not sponsor travel to any state that repeals protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Yes, disallowing Medicaid to fund a sex change is considered discrimination here in the Year of our Lord, 2019.
What this amounts to, in reality, is California trying to exert economic pressure on voters from other states. It’s really no different than when Nike or some other “woke” company refuses to do business in North Carolina due to the transgender bathroom bill, or when Hollywood directors refuse to film in Georgia because of the state’s abortion laws. California Democrats, not content with turning their own state into a witch’s cauldron of free-for-all morality and illegal immigration, want to now force those perverted values onto the rest of the nation.
We should really reconsider where we build that Wall…