House Dems urge Mulvaney to reject proposed rollback of transgender health protections

House Dems urge Mulvaney to reject proposed rollback of transgender health protections
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A group of 127 House Democrats is calling on White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE to reject a proposal that would roll back ObamaCare’s anti-discrimination protections for transgender patients.

The proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), currently being reviewed by OMB, is expected to be released later this summer.


In a letter sent Wednesday, Democrats said it would allow health-care providers to deny treatment to transgender patients and women who have had abortions.

The proposal “will put individuals’ lives and health in danger and would be especially harmful to women and LGBTQ individuals, who are more often the victims of discrimination,” the lawmakers wrote.

The proposed rule is expected to roll back a controversial anti-discrimination provision buried within ObamaCare.

The sweeping 2016 policy from the Obama administration prohibited health-care providers and insurers who receive federal money from denying treatment or coverage to anyone based on sex, gender identity, or termination of pregnancy, among other conditions.

It also required doctors and hospitals to provide “medically necessary” services to transgender individuals, as long as those services were the same ones provided to others.

The letter noted HHS telegraphed its policy of discrimination when it removed language regarding sex stereotyping, gender identity and sexual orientation from the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the HHS webpage about policy.

Religious providers say they expect the Trump administration’s rule would merely reinforce their right not to provide treatment that's against their beliefs.

But the Democrats, led by Reps. Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyKatherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent California Democrats unveil redistricting reform bill after Supreme Court partisan gerrymandering ruling WHIP LIST: The 122 House Democrats backing an impeachment inquiry MORE (Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Crucial for Congress to fund life-saving diabetes research Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — White House withdraws controversial rule to eliminate drug rebates | Grassley says deal on drug prices moving 'very soon' | Appeals court declines to halt Trump abortion referral ban MORE (Colo.), and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democrats demand Trump officials withdraw rule on transgender health House Democratic leadership member backs impeachment inquiry MORE (Calif.), said the rule would be an overreach of executive authority.

“As a former Member of Congress, and a staunch opponent of executive overreach in the last administration, we know you understand this concern,” the Democrats wrote to Mulvaney.