I am glad that I don't live in Massachusetts for many obvious reasons. You can add to that list this story that I would call one of the most serious abuses of taxpayer money that I have ever heard of.
This guy was sentenced to life in prison for murder. What possible medical necessity can there be for this surgery? He is a convicted murderer! Why does some judge think the heavily abused taxpayers of Massachusetts have to bear the cost of this surgery?
We already have a local issue where providing what are reported to be just normal medical expenses of jail inmates are placing a serious strain on our county budget. I think this case is way beyond normal and is way out of bounds.
So here is another reason that I hope Scott Brown gets re-elected to the US Senate.
"In 2008, Republican lawmakers, including then-state Sen. Scott Brown, filed legislation to ban the use of taxpayer funds to pay for the surgery for prison inmates. The amendment did not make it into law.
'We have many big challenges facing us as a nation, but nowhere among those issues would I include providing sex change surgery to convicted murderers,' Brown said in a statement. 'I look forward to common sense prevailing and the ruling being overturned.' "
The Associated Press: Judge: Mass. must pay for killer's sex change