Judge Blocks Trump’s Attempts To End Protection For LGBT+ Patients

A federal judge has prevented the Trump government from applying its new version of the Affordable Care Act that is aimed to revoke LGBT+ health protection. The Trump officials tried to change an Obama-era strategy that combated gender and sexual discrimination in health care.

Affordable Care Act to help LGBT+ people

When Barack Obama was the President, he established a broad understanding of the regulation against discrimination in the Affordable Care Act.

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Since that time, it covered banning discrimination ‘on the basis of pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom, childbirth or related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, or gender identity’.

As a consequence, it protected trans and non-binary people from all forms of discrimination in the USA. Furthermore, it also prevented discrimination against bisexual, gay, and lesbian individuals, if it was rooted in gender stereotypes.

However, Trump’s administration decided to change the regulation to transform those protections. Why is the new rule worse? It interprets sex discrimination as a thing that is possible only when we are talking about binary, biological sex.

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But recently Judge Frederic Block of the United States District Court in Brooklyn ended that interpretation at least for now. The decision was made only several hours before the new rule was supposed to come into effect.

Source: nytimes.com

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