Despite claiming to be a supporter of the LGBTQ community, Trump announced today that he will reinstate the ban on transgender individuals serving in the armed forces. This is a reversal of a policy that has been under review from the Obama administration.

In a series of tweets, Trump said that the medical expenses would burden the military.

Another reversal of Obama's work in the White House

Under Obama, the Defense Department had approved of a policy to end the ban on Transgender People serving openly.

In order to allow the Pentagon to decide how to accept new transgender recruits, however, the Defense secretary Ash Carter allowed for a year-long review process.

Trump claims the cost of transgender recruits would be burdensome to the military. However, according to CNN, the Department of Defense's health care expenditures in 2014 were $49.3 billion and the estimated cost of transgender related services is $2.4 million to $8.4 million.

At most, that is 0.017% of the Defense Department's health care spending.

Several months ago, Trump also reversed an Obama policy allowing transgender students to use whichever bathroom they choose. This is yet another setback for transgender individuals.

Trump and the LGBTQ community

During his campaign last year, Trump was adamant in being "respectful and supportive of LGBT rights."

The LGBTQ community is not happy with the announcement of the ban and is storming Twitter with responses and support for the transgender community.

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A distraction from the health care debate?

Some people also believe that this is a distraction from the Health Care Bill that the Trump administration has been trying to pass.

Although the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the bill that Republicans have been working on for months, failed to pass the Senate vote last night, there is another vote today for a clean repeal of the spending and insurance coverage expansion of Obamacare.

There would be no replacement.

This bill is also expected to fail, but the next step would be a skinny repeal of Obamacare, the most likely end result of the debate. This would mean an undoing of the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and the tax on medical devices.

Trump's controversial health care bill has caused a lot of debate between parties in the last few months.

Between the Trump administration's health care bill proposal and this military ban on transgender people, Trump seems to be incredibly concerned with the costs of health care.

All of this comes in a timely manner since Senator John McCain was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and still proceeded to vote to take health care away from millions.

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