A week in which President Obama illegally ordered schools nationwide to conform to his transgender agenda wasn’t enough, now the Obama Administration is ordering health care providers to buy into his “equity” theories by providing gender transitioning and abortion services — or else.
Needless to say, some hospitals, insurers and doctors aren’t too happy being told to provide services they may consider unnecessary, dangerous, ill-advised or downright immoral, so the order from Health and Human Services threatens those who may resist with loss of federal funding, in the form of Medicaid and Medicare payments.
The order comes in the form of a “rule change,” like most of Obama’s illegal directives, attached to Obamacare Section 1557.
According to HHS, the new rule will “help to advance equity and reduce health disparities by protecting some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination in the health care context.”
(You mean like aborted children, right? No? … Can’t blame a guy for hoping.)
The HHS rule summary says, “The final rule requires that women be treated equally with men in the health care they receive and also prohibits the denial of health care or health coverage based on an individual’s sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping. The final rule also requires covered health programs and activities to treat individuals consistent with their gender identity.”
I’m not too sure what “treating” someone based on their gender “identity” means in a hospital context, but it doesn’t sound like the best of ideas.
An even worse idea is running up everyone’s insurance costs so that a mentally ill man who wants to be a woman can get breast implants or castration for free. Forcing people to pay for someone else’s abortion is hardly any better.
And of course, there’s no religious exemption included in the new rule.
After all, what would be the point of a rule about “equity” if you didn’t treat certain people unequally by taking away their freedom of conscience?
Once again, Obama’s Administration is using the cover of “transgender rights” and “equity” to trample on the rights of the majority.