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Obama attacks health care providers’ ability to slut shame patients

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[Update – I am the opposite of surprised that a troll dragged its bottom across the comments. Apologies for any comments that now look a bit odd/lonely.]

Throats, rammed down, etc!

Section 1557 not messing around. On behaviors that could constitute sex-based harassment:

…persistent and intentional refusal to use a transgender individual’s preferred name and pronoun and insistence on using those corresponding to the individual’s sex assigned at birth constitutes illegal sex discrimination if such conduct is sufficiently serious to create a hostile environment.

Similarly, a provider using derogatory language because an individual is an unmarried sexually active or pregnant woman constitutes illegal sex-based harassment if such conduct is sufficiently serious to create a hostile environment.

Aside from stopping people who are in the business of providing health care from treating their patients like dirt, the administration hopes the rule will have the following side effects.

For a representative example, we look to a State of California economic impact assessment of State practices prohibiting gender discrimination in health care, which cites the following benefits:

1. Reduced violence against affected individuals;
2. Reduced depression and suicide attempts among the affected population; and
3. Overall declines in substance abuse, smoking and alcohol abuse rates, and improvements in mental health among treated individuals in LGBT populations who receive appropriate medical treatment.

Moreover, because discrimination contributes to health disparities, the prohibition of sex discrimination in health care under Section 1557 can help reduce health disparities. While it is not possible to quantify the benefits of the reduction in health disparities, the benefits would include more people receiving adequate health care, regardless of their sex, including gender identity.

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