New Obama Health Care Proposal Drops LGBT Provisions

Gay-related provisions in the original health care proposal have been dropped from a new version announced by Obama yesterday, Metro Weekly's Lisa Keen reports:

Baldwin  "Most LGBT and HIV activists had supported the House bill because it included key LGBT specific provisions, including provisions. In addition to the data collection, it prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the provision of health care; enabled people with HIV and low incomes to obtain Medicare coverage earlier in the course of their illness; and eliminated the tax that gay employees must pay if their same-sex partners or spouses receive health coverage from their employers' plan. Straight employees don't pay that tax but, for gay couples, the coverage is characterized by the federal government as additional income for the gay employee.  [Tammy] Baldwin said Monday she would 'continue to fight for all of my priorities in the final health care reform bill, including those related to LGBT health.'"

The bill, being called a "starting point" by the White House, does have a provision for health centers, which, MW notes, could include some LGBT and HIV centers around the country.

Comments

  1. Stan says

    LOL.

    This administration is just getting better and better.

    I’m wondering if it’s some kind of sick joke or not. I mean, why else right? Nobody asked for dropping those points, so there was no need to, and LGBT people are already pissed off with Obama. Is he really that stupid or does he just hate us?

  2. says

    Were those things in the Senate bill? I remember the tax cut in the House bill, but never heard about the Senate version. Anybody know if it was there?

    On one hand this sucks, but on the other: are they specifically and overtly cut or do they just not appear in an 11-page (as opposed to 1000+ page) document?

  3. jomicur says

    That bus we all thought Obama was throwing us under is turning out to be a steamroller. I can’t wait to hear how HRC spins this. “Don’t worry, the president still has his secret plan for us,” or some such.

    This kind of treatment is what we get for letting the Democrats take us for granted all these years, and for blindly trusting HRC, which let them do it.

  4. Bob R says

    Over the past year I’ve learned this is what you can count on this administration for: ZERO. Expect nothing from Obama and I assure you, you will not be disappointed. He’s a sheep in sheep’s clothing.

  5. FML says

    Well, were these provisions in the Senate bill? If not, the argument would seem to be a moot point. The process of reconciliation will probably strip a lot of desirable things from the House bill, including LGBT provisions. The House bill isn’t what’s on the table.

    The article is unclear whether Obama’s proposal stripped these LGBT provisions and left in others that were in the original House bill, or not. I’m not saying that this is fine and dandy, because it’s not, but saying that Obama suddenly committed this draconian act out of thin air seems to be an unsupported assertion if these provisions weren’t in the Senate bill to begin with.

  6. Brian in Texas says

    Obama’s proposal is closely related to the Senate bill which is more moderate and did not include those same provisions as the House bill. We’ll be lucky if any bill gets passed at this point so it doesn’t surprise me that some of the more controversial items would be taken out to satisfy moderate dems.

  7. says

    “Straight employees don’t pay that tax but, for gay couples, the coverage is characterized by the federal government as additional income for the gay employee.”

    So we need to teach government how to treat us (and stop acting like the sissies that bullies know they can target without repercussion) –

    Subtract the difference from any taxes owed this April 15th….if you still pay the bully.

  8. Bart says

    All gay men and woman need to face the music. All politicians want us for is our money. Period. The little that is done for our inclusion and equality legally is crumbs for dollars. We will have to fight our own fight and realize that our “friends” in high places are fair weather at best, our actual enemy at worst (they make us complacent and we follow them like sheep all the way to our eventual slaughter. A slaughter we have paid for.)

    here should be the new slogan off all gay rights organizations:

    No Change = No Money.

  9. MCnNYC says

    Instead of HRC bashing why the hell don;t you pick up the phone and call your F*&king CONGRESSMAN!!!

    Hell you keep complaining that HRC doesn’t speak for you…so do it yourself…
    Except ANDY and his swarm are too busy trying to reestablish themselves after the OCTOBER MARCH movement produced NO RESULTS!!

  10. Happily Married says

    The tax on insurance policies is a huge burden for our household. GLBT citizens pay millions of dollars in unfair taxes. This should never have been stripped from the House bill. Fierce Advocate. HA.

  11. John says

    Don’t just talk about it, congresswoman.

    Threaten the President of the United States.

    Everyone else has and he apparently doesn’t mind.

    The last time they voted on health care legislation the result was 220-215 with one Republican in favor. That Republican – Joseph Cao of Louisiana – has since said he won’t vote for it again. Which means it is 219-216 now. It would only take two gays to KILL THE BILL. There are three in the House of Representatives.

  12. says

    I think this post is very misleading and leaves a lot of questions unanswed. Obama’s plan is intended to pass health care reform via reconciliation. I am unclear as to whether those kinds of provisions can even be done through reconciliation. Reconciliation is for budget resolutions, so provisions concerning discrimination that have no budgetary impact can’t be thrown in to the bill the Senate already passed through reconciliation. They Democrats lost their 60th vote and this is the only way to pass reform any time soon. I am not saying that Obama gets a free pass, but if it procedurally can’t be done then it can’t be done.

  13. FunMe says

    GayCondo … it’s not health care reform.

    It’s the BAILOUT for the insurance industry.

    How the heck can Obama (who I regret voting for) be for having a health “care” bill that would force people into a CORRUPT system or be penalized?

    Yet the Public Option that over 70% of Americans want is not pursued.

    Dog and Pony show.

    Dog and Pony show.

    Dog and Pony show.

    That is all we have seen lately with all those DC clowns PRETENDING they wanted something good for Americans. I knew all along it was just a farce, a “show” to continue to make some believe that something was possible as it relates to the Public Option. I never believed.

    These politicians of both parties are greedy and rotten to the core. They have forsaken their duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States. They have also failed the American people who voted them in and have told them they want the public option.

    No worries … they will get their karma. BAD KARMA.

    And come November 2010 and the Presidential election, when they LOSE and witness a political bloodbath (they had a warning in MA) … We The People will simply say:

    “Sorry, the votes just weren’t there”

  14. Chris says

    Okay help me out I’m reading this whereas the house bill said: it prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the provision of health care; enabled people with HIV and low incomes to obtain Medicare coverage earlier in the course of their illness;

    And actually if they’re under 65 it should be MEDICAID and not MEDICARE.

    What public hospital has done this? Folks I know who are LGBTQ who have been hospitalized and have sinced passed away have not been discriminated against in this way, or at least not at the eye level.

  15. RT says

    Obama has really failed the LGBT community. Super. We’ve all got the message by now. It’s nothing new and shouldn’t surprise us when he cuts benefits and what not for our community. He’s a liar and blah, blah, blah. I’m over it. I am REALLY pissed off however at the HRC who continue to stand behind this man and his administration and continually sugar coat all of the things that Obama is continually taking away from us as a LGBT community. It’s so frustrating and it is baffling to me that the HRC is still in bed with Obama so to speak. I don’t want the HRC to give up fighting for us and to just throw in the towel. To me the HRC should be voicing it’s displeasure with what’s going on loudly, articulately and often and use the money we donate to them to fight for our rights as human beings. My yearly donation to the HRC is about to come up again for renewal and I am seriously considering NOT renewing it. I have better things to waste my money on.

  16. Mutie says

    Um.. my tepid support for the health care reform has now gone to zero. Too bad. Dems can flail on their own on this one.

    (I was tepid because the proposed reforms didn’t change incentives for health care providers and insurers, and it didn’t make health care portable)

  17. Mutie says

    @RT Why are you mad at HRC? They are the most useless organization ever. I’ve never heard of any good policy ideas from them. They don’t seem to have any influence whatsoever. They weren’t even supporters of same-sex marriage as recently as 2 years ago. The only thing they seem to do is throw those douchey, A-gay fundraiser parties. What the hell do they do with the money??? Don’t even bother being mad at them. Forget them. If you’re really mad, then write your senators and representatives.

  18. jeff says

    The LGBT provisions were NEVER IN the Senate bill. Instead of attacking the Pres, call your senator and get the provisions INTO the senate bill.

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