By Duncan Smith
The U.S. Constitution prohibits discrimination, and since it is the law of the land, superseding state constitutions and statutes, that is the last word on the issue.
Or it should be. There are numerous federal statutes that also make discrimination unlawful, and again, those laws supersede states.
But for some reason, Democrats feel the need to add extra protections for certain demographics of Americans, claiming they are necessary, somehow, to prevent ‘discrimination’ — though carve-outs for only certain Americans are, in and of themselves, discriminatory.
In any event, the Trump administration is systematically dismantling ‘official discrimination’ written into various Obama-era laws and policies, including Obamacare, which contains special protections over ‘sexual orientation,’ as the Washington Examiner reports:
The Trump administration is seeking to remove Obamacare’s nondiscrimination protections for sex and gender identity in a final rule released Friday.
The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination will be based on the “the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology,” according to the Hill.
The administration says removing the protections won’t have much impact since a federal judge in Texas already removed most of the rule last year.
The Obama-era rule made it illegal for doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare workers to deny care for someone whose sexual orientation or gender identity they disagreed with.
Advocates and Democratic lawmakers criticized the move, calling it harmful for the LGBTQ population, particularly while the coronavirus pandemic continues to linger.
“At a time when protecting communities from the COVID-19 pandemic is paramount, your Department and the Trump Administration are knowingly putting the health and wellbeing of vulnerable individuals and children at risk, while blatantly promoting discrimination against LGBTQIA+ communities and religious minorities by pursuing the finalization of this proposed rule,” Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Patty Murray wrote in a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
That’s complete nonsense. The addition of the special protections was discriminatory. Thus, the Trump administration is actually making things fairer for all Americans. And again, it’s been official for a long time now: ‘Thou cannot discriminate on the basis of anything in ‘Merica.’
Isn’t it funny how the party that claims to be all about equality promotes policies that make us unequal?
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