A 22-minute intake will get you a ‘gender-affirming’ testicle removal
Plume is America’s largest “transgender healthcare” provider. (The scare quotes I used reflect my opinion that “transgenderism” is a mental illness and the “healthcare” provided is mutilating surgery and drugs from which there is no return.) Matt Walsh and his producer, Gregg Re, learned that, with just a 22-minute video interview with a nurse, it’s possible to get a diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” that will trigger insurance payments to the “care” provider.
Plume’s website tells you a bit about itself. It boasts on its homepage that it is “the largest healthcare provider to the trans and nonbinary community.” That’s no exaggeration. According to Walsh, Plume launched just “a couple of years ago” and “now operates in 41 states.”
Plume boasts that it provides a smartphone model to work with patients:
Plume provides gender-affirming care directly from your smartphone. Our experienced healthcare providers understand the unique needs of the trans community. Membership with Plume includes everything you need to start, continue, and maintain your gender-affirming hormone treatment. We know everyone has different goals for their transition and we are here to help you navigate your journey.
The process starts by (1) prepaying to sign up and schedule an appointment, (2) downloading a dedicated app, and (3) filling out intake forms. All its “Plume trained facilitator[s]” for its weekly Zoom sessions are “trans or nonbinary.” The process is fast:
You and your provider will have a conversation about your goals and desires to create a treatment plan that’s safe and right for you. They can answer any and all questions about what to expect.
Most people get their prescription sent to the pharmacy the same day as their appointment. You can message your care team any time in the app. (Emphasis added.)
Re engaged in the process: He prepaid, got his appointment, downloaded the app, and lied on his intake form. These lies included a fake name, explicitly deviating from the official symptoms required for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria under the DSM-IV (the psychiatric diagnosis bible), and claiming (all physical evidence to the contrary) that he’d been taking estrogen his father prescribed.
Next, Re had a 22-minute discussion with one of the intake providers (“She/Her/Hers”), during which he deliberately played dumb. Within three days, Re received a letter for his insurance company identifying him as someone suffering from “ongoing gender dysphoria” whose mental health would be improved with an “Orchiectomy” (i.e., testicle removal).
I’ve pasted the thread immediately below. It’s a little confusing, though, because Re’s odyssey starts only halfway down the Twitter thread. Before that, to set the stage, Walsh first has some video clips from a seminar that a licensed clinical social worker prepared for a training session.
Walsh’s text says that Ari Groner “educates doctors on ‘trans healthcare,’” but the video seems to be filled with instructions for social workers. It tells them how to make sure that the people they’re seeing are approved for “gender-affirming care” and, more importantly, that their insurance company pays for that it.
Next, Walsh has information from Folx Health, another massive “transgender healthcare” provider that’s gone from unknown a few years ago to operating in 47 states. The Folx information material states that the DSM-IV diagnosis doesn’t have to be true. It exists only to trigger insurance money.
The obsession with insurance money makes sense when you realize that there are tens of millions of dollars involved just for Plume and Folx.
With that set-up, what Walsh has to say speaks for itself. I ask only that, as you read his texts, and consider the nationwide push, beginning with very young children, to promote so-called “transgenderism,” you ask yourself that age-old question: “Cui bono (who benefits)?”
2/ First, some background. Ari Groner is a licensed clinical social worker who educates doctors on “trans healthcare.” At a recent training session for the Juniper Center, Groner explained that she writes whatever letters her patients want, because she’s not a “gatekeeper.” pic.twitter.com/8CVUWiYetY— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
4/ Groner explains that insurance companies won't pay for these surgeries unless the patient is diagnosed with gender dysphoria. So, she says healthcare workers should provide the diagnosis. “We're using that diagnosis,” she says, “to ensure clients get that necessary treatment." pic.twitter.com/TqFDMaVYQt— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
6/ Folx, which provides letters authorizing surgeries for a nominal fee, goes on to admit that “it’s quite possible” patients will receive a letter indicating a gender dysphoria diagnosis, even though they “really do not have dysphoria.” pic.twitter.com/j9x3ZyKmGf— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
8/ The largest trans healthcare provider in the U.S., @plume_clinic, runs a similar scam. They sell letters for $150 authorizing surgeries. That's how our producer @gregg_re received approval for testicle removal after a 22-minute video call.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
10/ Plume quickly scheduled Gregg for a video interview anyway. He assumed the identity "Chelsea Bussey.” He didn’t even attempt to pass. He badly mispronounced the name of the surgery he wanted. He made it clear he didn't know what effect the surgery would have. pic.twitter.com/ph8UbM3i6r— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
12/ Gregg also tells Plume’s nurse practitioner that his father has been prescribing him hormones for years. The nurse doesn’t question this in any way. Instead, she says that arrangement is “perfect.” pic.twitter.com/YsB4BEkUpu— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
14/ The letter keeps capitalizing "Orchiectomy,” without "an" before it, as if it's just been copy-pasted into a template. Gregg followed up to learn why he had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Plume admitted they just use letter templates provided by WPATH. pic.twitter.com/7G0EpN3veW— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
16/ This scam is the cutting-edge of “trans healthcare.” After launching just a couple of years ago, Plume now operates in 41 states. Folx is in 47 states. How is it possible they’ve expanded so quickly?— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023
20/ They’re furious because they know the “gender transition” industry is corrupt and fraudulent from the ground up. Protecting kids is just one piece of the puzzle. The fight begins there, but it doesn't end there. The whole industry needs to be shut down.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 7, 2023