Inmates aren't denied life saving drugs or medical care in Wisconsin prisons. Insulin is in ready supply for the diabetic inmate. Angina sufferers receive nitro quick same as asthmatics have access to an inhaler.
Even in prison the right to life remains inalienable, unless the inmate happens to be transgender and in need of hormone therapy.
Yesterday Wisconsin's exclusionary medical care model, practiced in prisons across America's Dairyland was found guilty in Federal Court. U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert declared Wisconsin's discriminatory policy unconstitutional and unenforceable.
Republican Rep. Scott Suder called the verdict a "travesty of justice."
One of the measure's original sponsors, Sen. Ted Kanavas, (R-Brookfield), labeled the ruling "absurd."
A spokesperson for Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the decision was being reviewed for possible appeal.
Since 2006 Wisconsin has denied transgender inmates hormone therapy, described by transgender plaintiffs as critical medical care prescribed to treat "gender dysphoria."
Although the original measure to ban hormone therapy eventually received bipartisan support, it was signed into law by Democratic Governor Jim Doyle after a transgender inmate filed suit to have the state cover sex reassignment surgery.
Therein lays the real fear: Taxpayer outrage.
It should come as no surprise then, if someday another proposal rises from the dark recesses of a calculating, voter-starved politico, demanding the light of day. The next-generation of spending-conscious legislation hailed to end tax funding of all inmate surgeries, from kidney, liver and heart transplants to cancer treatments.
As the saying goes, they shoot horses, don't they?