The trans healthcare policy that President Obama put into place to protect us Trump is attacking and it could put us all into danger.
Trump’s administration is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible. Patients are scaredAnd that means throwing out medically based healthcare and replacing it with politically based health care that is based on bigotry and prejudices instead of sound medical treatment.
By Usha Lee McFarling
September 5, 2017
Republicans in Congress have not been able to overturn the Affordable Care Act — at least, not yet. But the Trump administration is working to revise a section of the law that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex.
The Obama administration made clear that this provision required states to cover transgender care through their Medicaid programs. Now, however, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has told a federal court that he’s reworking the rule and won’t enforce it in the meantime.
Already, some states have defied the Obama directive and specifically excluded transgender care from their Medicaid coverage. And Wisconsin, Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, and Nebraska are teaming up with Christian health care providers to challenge the anti-discrimination rule in federal court. (It’s in response to this case that Price filed the motion in May indicating that he is revising the regulation.)
Price’s stated goal: to strike down rules that cause “regulatory or economic burdens.” The administration already has made it clear that it views transgender surgeries as a heavy burden; in July, Trump cited the cost of that care as a primary reason for barring transgender people from serving in the military.Our healthcare adds on a yearly bases less than a quarter, that is twenty-five cents to everyone insurance. In the Journal of General Internal Medicine they say, “The budget impact of this coverage is approximately $0.016 per member per month.” So when the Trump administration says it cost too much, well to put it simply, they are lying.
The rewrite now underway could free states to refuse to cover hormones, counseling, and surgery for transgender men and women.
“I thought we were making great strides,” said Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.We are going back into the Dark Ages we have madman in charge of the country who is listening to the hate mongers.