Biden reinstates LGBT+ protections against healthcare discrimination

Biden reinstates LGBT+ protections against healthcare discrimination
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Well I think I speak for all of us when I say thank fu*k for some good news. And for Biden.

Gay and transgender individuals will be (almost as if we’re real people) protected against sex discrimination in healthcare, as President Joe Biden’s administration reversed a policy put in place under his predecessor Donald Trump.

During his time in office the Trump administration claimed protections against sex discrimination only extended to “male or females as determined by biology.”

The move will reinstate Obamacare guidelines and expand them to include the recent Supreme Court ruling that sex discrimination includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Fear of discrimination can lead individuals to forgo care, which can have serious negative health consequences,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said. “It is the position of the Department of Health and Human Services that everyone—including LGBTQ people—should be able to access healthcare, free from discrimination or interference, period.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra

It’s the latest in a series of steps the new Democratic president has taken to bolster LGBT rights since coming into office.

“It simply says what everyone already should know: You should not discriminate against people,” Becerra told CNN. “That includes those based on sexual orientation or gender identity and when it comes to healthcare – we want to make sure that’s the case.”

He Continued: “The Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.” 

A great result and another welcome step in the right direction for the rights of LGBT+ Americans. Let’s hope there’s more to come! 

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