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Trump’s HHS Just Refused to Protect Vulnerable Senior Same-Sex Couples

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Trump Administration Rejects Proposed Obama-Era Rule to Protect LGBT Seniors

In 2014 the Dept. of Health and Human Services, under the Obama administration, proposed a rule requiring “that same-sex spouses are recognized and afforded equal rights in certain Medicare and Medicaid-participating facilities.” Those facilities, as The Advocate reports, are “long-term care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds, which most do.”

But under the Trump administration, HHS has decided to reject that proposed rule, claiming that the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell ruling makes it unnecessary. 

That’s false.

The proposed rule to protect same-sex spouses was drawn in part to ensure anti-LGBT state laws and policies were not used to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Specifically,” the Trump administration admits, the proposed rule was “to revise certain definitions and patient’s rights provisions that currently defer to state law, in order to ensure that same-sex spouses are recognized and afforded equal rights.”

But as we know, the fight for LGBT equality is far from over.

In fact, today, the state of Mississippi’s discriminatory law legalizing discrimination against LGBT people on religious or moral grounds goes into effect. 

And last month, the ACLU announced it is suing the state of Michigan over its discriminatory adoption laws. 

The HHS proposed rule would cost the federal government exactly nothing to implement, and likely would clear up any confusion.

But under President Donald Trump, this administration has rescinded guidance protecting the civil rights of transgender children, and announced transgender service members are a detriment to the U.S. armed forces and should be discharged. 

This month alone the Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era policy that protects transgender workers from discrimination, instituted a sweeping rollback of the Obama-era contraception mandate – which absolutely affects LGBT people – and instituted an extraordinary policy reversal prioritizing the rights of people of faith over the rights of LGBT people.

Of course, there was Trump’s refusal to issue a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month, and the fact that nearly every single one of his cabinet appointees are strongly anti-LGBT has not gone unnoticed.

Trump’s HHS refusing to protect senior same-sex couples is just one more in his long line of attacks against the LGBT community.

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Photo: Jane Abott Lighty (left) and wife Pete-e Peterson (right) – The first same-sex couple to receive a Marriage License in Washington State, 2012

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’

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The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’

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A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”

 

 

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Psaki Forced to Explain COVID Basics to Fox News Reporter Asking ‘Whose Fault’ Is It Pandemic Cases Spiking

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was forced to explain the basics of the coronavirus pandemic to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after he tried to blame the increase in COVID-19 cases on President Joe Biden, bt asking, “whose fault” is it that the numbers are “going in the wrong direction.”

Naturally, the answer is those who could be vaccinated yet are still refusing to do so.

“On COVID Dr. Fauci says we’re going in the wrong direction. Whose fault is that?” Doocy asked.

“Well,” Psaki replied, “I would say first what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated. And we have the most transmissible variants that we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic that more people are getting sick with COVID, and that’s not, those numbers are not moving in the right direction. I think that’s accurate and you can see it by data.”

Doocy works for one of the top conservative cable channels that possibly has spread more coronavirus and vaccine disinformation than almost any other.

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