LGBT Bar of NY Denounces Trump’s Move to Scrap Healthcare Protections for LGBTQ People

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The Trump administration is preparing to eliminate an essential rule under the Affordable Care Act that was put in place by the Obama Administration to protect LGBTQ patients from discrimination. The Trump Administration’s move is a dangerous rollback that would threaten vulnerable people at a time that the world is struggling during a pandemic.

“To even contemplate stripping anyone of health care during a pandemic is outrageous and offensive,” said LGBT Bar Assocation of New York Board President Kristen Browde. “But this latest Trump Administration assault on LGBTQ Americans makes even less sense than the President’s absurd suggestion that one can defeat a virus by injecting themselves with bleach. Ignorance and bigotry can not be permitted to replace sound and inclusive policy. If the administration attempts to put this proposed rule into effect the LGBT Bar Association of New York will sue to overturn it.”

According to Politico, “The health department is close to finalizing its long-developing rewrite of Obamacare’s Section 1557 provision, which barred health care discrimination based on sex and gender identity. The administration’s final rule on Thursday was circulated at the Justice Department, a step toward publicly releasing the regulation in the coming days, said two people with knowledge of the pending rule. The White House on Friday morning also updated a regulatory dashboard to indicate that the rule was under review. Advocates fear that it would allow hospitals and health workers to more easily discriminate against patients based on their gender or sexual orientation.”

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