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Former NCAA Swimmer’s Testimony Sheds Light on Impact of Transgender Athletes in Women’s Locker Room



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In a compelling and heartfelt testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee, former NCAA Division 1 swimmer, Paula Scanlan, recounted her experience as a member of the University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team alongside transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.

The hearing, which focused on “gender-affirming care for minors,” provided Scanlan with an opportunity to voice her concerns about the impact of Thomas’ presence in the team’s locker room, especially considering her own history as a survivor of sexual assault.

Scanlan, now a spokesperson and adviser for the Independent Women’s Forum, opened her statement with a stirring revelation. She highlighted how university officials appeared to dismiss the team’s apprehensions, insisting that Thomas’ participation on the team was non-negotiable, according to reports from Fox News.

During her testimony, Scanlan shed light on the sensitive issue of changing and undressing in the presence of a biologically male individual. With emotion in her voice, she described how some team members resorted to using bathroom stalls or family bathrooms to avoid undressing in front of Thomas.

Furthermore, expressing her frustration, Scanlan disclosed how the athletic department seemingly disregarded their concerns and offered psychological services instead, aiming to acclimate them to the situation.

One poignant moment was when Scanlan discussed an op-ed she had written for the student paper, which delved into the scientific differences between biological males and females. To her surprise, the article was later retracted without her knowledge which is something we are seeing across many University’s today. A disturbing pattern of the erosion of free speech has been very common in the last three years.

Scanlan also underscored the broader implications of this issue, lamenting the erosion of women’s spaces and opportunities in the pursuit of equality and safety. As a survivor of sexual assault, she stressed that Thomas’ presence in the locker room went beyond matters of fair competition; it affected the well-being of those with histories of trauma.

“I was sexually assaulted on June 3rd of 2016. I was only 16 years old. I was able to forgive my attacker but violence against women still exists. Let us not forget the viral MeToo movement that empowered female victims to speak up. It casts a spotlight on the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and abuse, including in scholarly and educational institutions,” Scanlan shared, with a voice that carried the weight of her experiences and those of others.

The hearing brought to light the complexities surrounding “gender-affirming care” and the role of parents in making decisions. The testimony of Paula Scanlan gave a voice to those whose concerns and experiences demand careful consideration in the ongoing conversations about gender identity and fair competition in sports.

As the nation continues to grapple with the issue of transgender athletes in women’s sports, the story of Paula Scanlan and her courageous testimony reminds us of the human element at the heart of this debate and the importance of finding thoughtful and compassionate solutions moving forward.

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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare



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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime supporter of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is now acknowledging the unintended consequences of the healthcare legislation, particularly its impact on industry consolidation and rising healthcare prices.

Warren, who has been a vocal proponent of Obamacare, has recently had what the Wall Street Journal reported as an “epiphany” regarding the consequences of the healthcare law. In a letter addressed to the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, Warren, along with Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, expressed concerns about vertically-integrated healthcare companies potentially increasing prescription drug costs and evading federal regulations.

According to reports from Fox News, the bipartisan letter highlighted issues with the nation’s largest health insurers allegedly bypassing Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR). According to Warren, these insurers, through vertical integration, have manipulated the system, leading to “sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”

The senators detailed how conglomerates, like UnitedHealth Group, with ownership across various healthcare sectors, could inflate medical payments to pharmacies and, by realizing those payments on the pharmacy side, appear to comply with MLR requirements while retaining more profits.

Moreover, despite the Democrats’ argument that the MLR would benefit patients, it has incentivized insurers to merge with or acquire pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and specialty pharmacies, and healthcare providers. This, in turn, has made healthcare spending less transparent, as insurers can allegedly shift profits to their affiliates by increasing reimbursements.

Warren, who has consistently voted against Obamacare repeal efforts, notably advocated for a “Medicare for All” proposal during her 2020 presidential campaign. Despite her prior support for the healthcare law, Warren’s recent concerns about its unintended consequences have raised questions about the long-term effects of Obamacare and its impact on the healthcare industry.

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