HHS push will harm, not help

HHS push will harm, not help

HHS push will harm, not help

Conservatives continue to speak out against a proposed rule that would force insurers to pay for transgender procedures.

Meridian Baldacci of the Family Policy Alliance explains that the Biden administration, specifically the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is trying to force insurers to cover trans procedures via the essential health benefits non-discrimination requirements in ObamaCare.

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"That typically is going to be applied to things like race so insurers cannot discriminate on that basis," Baldacci continues. "But now the Biden administration wants to add these transgender issues there."

"Healthcare should be in reach for everyone; by guaranteeing transgender individuals can access recommended care, we're one step closer to making this a reality," Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in an October 2021 statement coinciding with the Biden administration's announcement in Colorado.

The Centennial State was the first state to require transgender care as an essential health benefit.

"I am proud to remove barriers that have historically made it difficult for transgender people to access health coverage and medical care," said Becerra.

"The Biden administration gave less than 30 days for the public to comment," Baldacci tells American Family News, "but Family Policy Alliance got a comment in expressing someone who believes they must alter their body by removing healthy body parts or taking cross-sex hormones needs help, not harm."

She adds that these kinds of interventions put children at risk, as they are increasingly targeted.

"One reason the Biden administration and the left are desperately making these attempts to force through radical gender ideology is because they know that their time to do so is limited," Baldacci submits. "We're going to see a lot of pushback from conservative leaders to just everyday Americans who are really concerned about the impact that this has, especially on children."