Obama Extends Health Care Rights to Gay Partners
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Posted 4/16/10
WASHINGTON – In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow patients to say who has visitation rights and who can help make medical decisions, including gay and lesbian partners.

The White House on Thursday released a statement by Obama instructing his Health and Human Services secretary to draft rules requiring hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments to grant all patients the right to designate people who can visit and consult with them at crucial moments.

The designated visitors should have the same rights that immediate family members now enjoy, Obama's instructions said. It said Medicare-Medicaid hospitals, which include most of the nation's facilities, may not deny visitation and consultation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The move was called a major step toward fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

In his statement, Obama said: "Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides — whether in a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay. Often, a widow or widower with no children is denied the support and comfort of a good friend."

He added: "Also uniquely affected are gay and lesbian Americans who are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives — unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated."

Without the expanded visitor-designation rights, Obama said, "all too often, people are made to suffer or even to pass away alone, denied the comfort of companionship in their final moments while a loved one is left worrying and pacing down the hall."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100416/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_hospital_patients

Glimmer of hope, yay! I personally think this is awesome, but I can already hear the cynics.
Posted 4/16/10
I read that yesterday :3 I don't know why people have made this a big deal.
Denying a individual health care due to their sexual orientation -_- people are so stupid.
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mystic17 wrote:

I read that yesterday :3 I don't know why people have made this a big deal.
Denying a individual health care due to their sexual orientation -_- people are so stupid.


^ This. What's worrying is how this is a 'new' thing
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How retarded. Not the health care, the denying rights thing.
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Posted 4/16/10
Don't really care, I doesn't affect me in any way nor my family... but sexual orientation shouldn't matter
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Posted 4/16/10
A victory for love, yay.
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Posted 4/16/10
About time I'd say.
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he's just trying to be gay that's all
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