Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama’s ‘Gender Identity’ Factor
President Trump is fulfilling his promises and helping to fight the social justice tyranny that is taking over the United States.
Under the previous administration, Obama adopted a rule that made ‘gender identity’ a part of civil rights. That was outrageous. Biology is not something that depends on opinion, and the civil rights provision of the socialist Affordable Care Act went way beyond what is logically acceptable.
Liberals, of course, are furious. Transgender ‘rights’ are one of the talking points of the left, which translates into the narrative needed to bully others, allow freaks access to normal bathrooms and locker rooms, etc.
The New York Times reported:
The Department of Health and Human Services published its proposed regulation Friday, which eliminates a 2016 regulation inserted by the Obama administration that redefined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity.
The Obama administration adopted the rule in question in 2016 to carry out a civil rights provision of the Affordable Care Act, known as Section 1557.
That provision prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in “any health program or activity” that receives federal financial assistance.
The 2016 rule further defined the term “gender identity” to mean a person’s “internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female, and which may be different from an individual’s sex assigned at birth.”
In December 2016, a federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction, ruling that “Congress did not understand ‘sex’ to include ‘gender identity,’” and the Trump administration, rather than appealing, has said it will bring the civil rights provision of the Affordable Care Act into compliance.
“When Congress prohibited sex discrimination, it did so according to the plain meaning of the term, and we are making our regulations conform,” said Roger Severino, the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the department in a statement announcing the new rules on Friday.
“The American people want vigorous protection of civil rights and faithfulness to the text of the laws passed by their representatives. The proposed rule would accomplish both goals,” he said.
Transgender rights groups reacted with alarm.
“The Trump-Pence administration’s latest attack threatens to undermine crucial nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people provided for under the Affordable Care Act,” said David Stacy, director of government affairs for the Human Rights Campaign, in a statement. “The administration puts LGBTQ people at greater risk of being denied necessary and appropriate health care solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was obtained by The New York Times. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”
This seems like a no-brainer to most people, but leftists want their opinions and feelings equal to actions and rights. That’s ridiculous.