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The Trump Administration has put an end to transgender health care protection
Donald J. Trump at the  September 11th Pentagon Observance Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019
Donald J. Trump at the September 11th Pentagon Observance Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

While the LGBTQ+ community is celebrating Pride Month, the Trump administration eliminated a regulation that prohibits discrimination in health care against transgender patients. The Affordable Care Act, aa Obama-era regulation commonly known as Obamacare, stated in section 1557 that it "prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities."

Deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality heavily criticized the Trump administration, stating it was "horrendous to not only gut nondiscrimination protections but to gut nondiscrimination protections in the middle of a pandemic," and fears that "this rule opens a door for a medical provider to turn someone away for a Covid-19 test just because they happen to be transgender".

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