The Trump Administration Abolishes A System Prohibiting Discrimination in Health Care Against Transgender Patients
The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced that it has abolished a system from the era of his predecessor Barack Obama prohibiting discrimination in health care against transgender patients.
The US Department of Health and Human Services said, in a statement on Friday, that it had repealed “some provisions of the 2016 rule, which exceeded the scope of authority delegated by Congress in Section 1557.”
The ministry will implement the department by referring to the government’s interpretation of gender discrimination, according to the clear meaning of the word “sex” as a male or female and as defined by biology.
The move coincides with the month of the annual celebration of LGBT people, which continues throughout June, and on the fourth anniversary of the shooting at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, 49 people were killed.
Section 1557 of the Health Care Rights Act confirms that everyone has access to affordable health services, and “discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability is prohibited in some health programs and activities.”
A rule enacted in 2016, it interpreted the ban on discrimination on the basis of sex, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual identity, building on similar interpretations in other federal civil rights laws and court rulings, and terminating pregnancy.
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Trump Abolishes A System Prohibiting Discrimination in Health Care Against Transgender Patients