Obama Health Care Reform Bill Leaves Out Core LGBT Provisions
While the Administration and Congressional Democrats Continue to Make Sweetheart Deals to Gather Crucial Votes for Obama-care, LGBT Issues are Cast Aside - Again
(Washington, DC) – As Congress prepares to cast a critical vote on the future of the Obama Health Care Reform Bill, the version put forward by the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats lacks the key LGBT provisions that the House version had passed in late 2009.
"It is disheartening to see the Democratic congressional majority continue to sideline LGBT agenda items – especially critical health care issues – in the name of political expediency," commented Terry W. Hamilton, National Board Chairman of Log Cabin Republicans. "How much longer do they expect gays and lesbians to support them as they continue to take a pass on every opportunity to support our community?"
Charles T. Moran, National Spokesperson for Log Cabin Republicans continued, saying "From the "Cornhusker Kickback" to the "Louisiana Purchase", the Administration has sold all sorts of sweetheart deals to get this proposal rammed through Congress while it continues to sell the LGBT community down the river. Once again, our supposed great ally and their enablers at Gay Inc. have failed our community."
Some of the key LGBT provisions that were jettisoned by the Democratic leadership in the Senate and the Administration include:
- A prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in providing heath care
- Enabling people with HIV and low incomes to obtain Medicare coverage earlier in the course of their illness
- Eliminating the tax that gay employees must pay if their same-sex partners or spouses receive heath coverage from their employers' plan
- A provision to collect data towards the goal of ending disparities in health care for LGBT people