The Obama-era rule dates to a time when LGBT people gained political and social recognition. But a federal judge in Texas said the rule went too far by concluding that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is a form of sex discrimination, which is forbidden by civil rights laws.
ONN: WASHINGTON (May 24, 2019) — The Trump administration proposed Friday to roll back Obama-era discrimination policies for transgender people in health care.
The Health and Human Services Department released a proposed regulation that in effect says “gender identity” is not protected under federal laws that prohibit discrimination in health care.
The proposed rule from HHS reverses the Obama administration, which decided that the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination section includes transgender people seeking health care services.
Friday’s action had been long-expected by activists on both sides of the nation’s social issues divide. Conservatives have argued that the Obama administration stretched the meaning of “sex discrimination” when it included gender identity as a protected class. more here