Trump administration wants to revoke health protections for transgender patients under Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule that would roll back protections for transgender patients under Obamacare, the second rule this month the agency has put forward to allow health care providers to deny services to them.

Obamacare extended civil rights protections in healthcare to gender identity and the termination of a pregnancy. The agency’s office of civil rights said it posted a proposed rule to roll back those provisions of the law.

Roger Severino, head of the office of civil rights, said, “When Congress prohibited sex discrimination, it did so according to the plain meaning of the term, and they are making our regulations conform.”

HHS said it has not enforced the protections since December 2016 after a federal court found they conflicted with a separate existing law.

LGBTQ advocacy groups and Democratic-controlled states have decried the Trump administration’s efforts to erode protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer citizens.

Meanwhile, Louise Melling of the American Civil Liberties Union says this move by the Trump administration is nothing less than an act of violence against those whose health care needs have historically been ignored, neglected, and dismissed.

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  • Mario
    28 May 2019 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Trump failed to REPEAL OBAMACARE on 2017. For just one VOTE, John McCain voted NO. The topic “TRUMP WANT to revoke”health care for LGBT. How could it be, Trump failed to repeals Obamacare, this is fake news, just to blame Trump on Obamacare. The Democrat already admitted OBAMACARE is a failure,they lied, and expensive. The replacement for Obamacare, it is called “Medicare for all”,…. where will the Democrat get the money, it cost around $3.2 Trillion/year budget. Raise TAXes to 40%, impossible, people will revolt.