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Monday, April 23, 2018

Trump to Reverse Obama Administration Healthcare Protections for Trans Patients

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:19 AM

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Have you ever hated someone so much that once they retired you took their job and then completely undid every positive thing they ever achieved? That's what's Trump is attempting to do to the legacy of former President Barack Obama.

As reported by The New York Times, Trump's proposed healthcare plan would severely cut back on the protections for transgender people as established by the civil rights law embedded within The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The ACA/Obamacare prohibited any hospital, doctor or insurance company who received federal funding from discrimination against or denial of services based on sex—including transgender and gender-nonconforming patients.

Trump, being the "traditionalist with fabulously gay friends" man that he is, has chosen to reverse these protections on the trans community because of course.

Jocelyn Samuels, the director of the civil rights office under Mr. Obama and an architect of the rule spoke with The New York Times, stating, “If the Trump administration rescinds the protections against sex stereotyping and gender identity discrimination, the effect will be potentially devastating not just for the trans community, but for any other patients who are gender-nonconforming, including lesbian and gay individuals.”

It appears that the Trump administration is clinging to a Texas court case that ruled in favor of discrimination under the guise of "religious freedom," not unlike the time the Supreme Court decided that a business like Hobby Lobby could deny female employees birth control (which has a multitude of benefits that do not include pregnancy prevention) coverage through their health insurance despite allowing men to seek Viagra for erectile dysfunction.

Given that the state of Ohio is being sued by the ACLU because it currently disallows trans people from altering their birth certificates post-transition (making documentation for things like passports a logistical nightmare), this rollback of health protection is going to make the legal obligation for trans people to be treated with basic human decency even more difficult.

Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals experience violence at an overwhelming rate. According to a study with the Human Rights Campaign, of the homicides against trans people in 2017, 84 percent were people of color, 80 percent were women, and 75 percent were people under the age of 35. "And these disturbing numbers likely underreport deadly violence targeting transgender people, who may not be properly identified as transgender," said the Human Rights Campaign.

The Trump administration's Health and Human Services department has submitted its first attempt to rescind the protections to the White House for review. Trump is no stranger to treating the trans community like trash, after banning trans people from serving in the military (an order currently blocked by courts), and removing Obama-era guidelines for accommodating trans youth in public schools.

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