Friday, August 26, 2016

Texas Files Suit to Stop Obamacare from Forcing Doctors to Perform Sex Changes

Fresh off its temporary victory against the Obama administration’s bathroom guidelines for public schools and transgender students, Texas announced Tuesday it is challenging the federal government on another transgender issue — sex-reassignment surgery.

On May 13th of this year, the same day the Obama administration issued its policy that requires public schools to allow students to use the bathroom corresponding with one’s gender identity rather than biological sex, the government also finalized its Obamacare regulations for transgender patients.

Under regulations implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), physicians cannot deny transgender patients hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery even if the health care provider has a religious or conscientious objection to the procedures.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 8: A man carries a rainbow flag and whistle at the LA Pride Parade on June 8, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. The LA Pride Parade and weekend events this year are emphasizing transgender rights and issues. The annual LGBT pride parade begin in 1970, a year after the Stonewall riots, and historically attracts more than 400,000 spectators and participants. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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HHS’s rule applies to any health care provider or program that accepts federal dollars, including Medicaid and Medicare. The rule does not explicitly cover sex-reassignment surgery, but insurers could be challenged for denying the procedure to transgender patients.

In a statement released by his office, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said:

“The federal government has no right to force Texans to pay for medical procedures designed to change a person’s sex.”

“I am disappointed in the Obama Administration’s lack of consideration for medical professionals who believe that engaging in such procedures or treatment violates their Hippocratic Oath, their conscience, or their personal religious beliefs, which are protected by the Constitution and federal law.”

Texas is suing on behalf of the religious hospital network Franciscan Alliance and four other states are joining in the suit.

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 30: Religious freedom supporters hold a rally to praise the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby, contraception coverage requirement case on June 30, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, which operates a chain of arts-and-craft stores, challenged the provision and the high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Paxton’s case against the Obama administration has been assigned to the same federal judge who late Sunday temporarily blocked the Education Department from enforcing its transgender bathroom policy, Judge Reed O’Connor.

School districts have the option to voluntarily implement the guidelines but the policy is no longer tied to federal education funding.

The Justice Department is expected to appeal the ruling, leaving a number of President Obama’s policies at risk and under debate as the end of his presidency nears.

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