How low can they go? Pretty low.
The Trump administration on today announced its rollback of protections against gender identity discrimination in health care regulated by the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement it would recognize
“sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”
This means insurance policies and health care regulated under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act can deny services to transgender people. HHS said it is reverting to a time when the government
“declined to recognize sexual orientation as a protected category under the ACA.”
The Human Rights Campaign’s Alphonso David, said in a statement,
“We cannot and will not allow Donald Trump to continue attacking us.
LGBTQ people get sick. LGBTQ people need health care. LGBTQ people should not live in fear that they cannot get the care they need simply because of who they are.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted,
“At a time when there is so much violence against trans people, it is abhorrent that the Trump admin is stripping away critical health protections.”
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said,
“Even as the death toll and catastrophe of the COVID-19 pandemic grows and people take to the streets, the Trump administration remains focused on denying equal access to health care to transgender people.”
Like many, shocked, saddened, but NOT surprised.
At a time when there is so much violence against trans people, it is abhorrent that the Trump admin is stripping away critical health protections.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 12, 2020
Reminder: Under NYS law, discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression is ILLEGAL.
NY will keep fighting. https://t.co/2iiaISmO9h
(via NBC News)