Obama orders hospital visitation rights for gays, lesbians

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    Apr 16, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    News at 11: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/15/hospital.gay.visitation/index.html?hpt=T1f icon_biggrin.gif

    (sorry if I didn't see a duplicate thread started)
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    Apr 16, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    This was a good, and unexpected next move. Hospital visitation rights are supported by a pretty large percentage of the population.

    On to abolish DADT, please!
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    Apr 16, 2010 2:00 AM GMT


    Very cool!
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    Apr 16, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    A paste of my post to another RJ thread on this same topic:

    Interesting coincidence, because we just got an email today from our Florida attorney, warning us that a recent Florida court decision undermined the health care surrogate documents my partner & I had each drawn for the other. We were going to contact him tomorrow about this issue, and now this further development has occurred. We'll hear what he thinks, and report back here, reference how gays are affected in Florida.
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    Jun 29, 2010 6:22 PM GMT

    Dear Saleem,

    Tell the Department of Health and Human Services that all hospitals need to start treating LGBT people equally.

    Submit your comment!

    You may have heard about Janice Langbehn and her partner Lisa, who were on a family vacation when Lisa was rushed to the hospital with an aneurysm that proved fatal.

    Instead of letting Janice see Lisa in her last moments, hospital staff treated her as if she were a stranger. They had the audacity to tell her that she was in "an anti-gay city and an anti-gay state."

    President Obama, inspired in part by Janice and Lisa's story, took a huge step in April when he called for new policies to ensure visitation rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients – but we're not there yet. The draft regulations just came out, and now we need your help to get them put in place.

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking the public to comment on the proposed regulations. Here's how to tell HHS you support equality in healthcare and want to see these new regulations enacted:

    Go to http://hrcactioncenter.org/

    Copy and paste the sample comment below into the "Type a Comment" box (you can add three or four sentences to personalize your letter if you like)

    Enter your name and location, choose your occupation under "Category," and click "Submit"


    Sample comment:
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    I am writing to urge you to adopt the Proposed Rule, published June 28, 2010, that would require all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding to respect the visitation rights of all patients, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families.

    As President Obama noted in his April 15th memorandum on hospital visitation, "There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. In these hours of need and moments of pain and anxiety, all of us would hope to have a hand to hold, a shoulder on which to lean -- a loved one to be there for us, as we would be there for them." But for far too many LGBT people, the difficulty of these moments has been compounded by policies and practices that needlessly keep families and friends apart. Not only does this attack the dignity of LGBT people, it endangers them as patients, often keeping those who know the most about medical histories and patient wishes on the other side of a waiting room door.

    I thank the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for taking action on this important issue. I urge you to adopt this proposed regulation and ensure that LGBT people -- and all patients -- have the right to designate and receive visitors of their choosing.

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    Thank you for helping ensure that no other LGBT person has to face the pain that Janice and Lisa went through.

    Sincerely,


    Joe Solmonese
    President


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    Jun 29, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    This is really great news !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Jun 29, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    I would not support HRC in any way. I recommend sending a letter on your own behalf and not go through anything Joe Solmonese touches.
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    Jun 29, 2010 7:13 PM GMT
    reppaT saidI would not support HRC in any way. I recommend sending a letter on your own behalf and not go through anything Joe Solmonese touches.


    Amen to that, Reppa. He's a tool and got his job at HRC as political payback for running Emily's List during the 2004 elections.
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    Jun 29, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    A tool? You're being too kind.

    My only regret is having given HRC so much money over the years. Oh well, live and learn.
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    Jun 29, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    A word to the wise: Until this legislation is someday passed, if anyone here has a situation where your boyfriend is hospitalized, and you might be unfortunate enough to be in an "unfriendly to gays state" then right at the start --- you become your boyfriend or partner's "brother."

    Now before anyone here becomes a bit miffed about this, please consider that this method works well, and it sure beats the heck out of being kept in some waiting room when you'd rather be with your loved one. As a physician, I can surmise that you don't need some homophobic nurse, desk clerk or supervisor playing gatekeeper and forcing you to cool your heels in some hallway or waiting room. Take charge of your life, and demand to be able to be with your "brother" ..... until this new legislation is finally passed!
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    Jun 29, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    Can you imagine John McCain doing something like this?

    I can't either. He'd be WAY too beholden to the wingnuts who supported him.

    Thank you, President Obama. I'm proud to have voted for you.
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    Jun 29, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    OtterJoq saidCan you imagine John McCain doing something like this?

    I can't either. He'd be WAY too beholden to the wingnuts who supported him.

    Thank you, President Obama. I'm proud to have voted for you.

    Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. Republicans are trying to have this departmental policy overturned. They will succeed in 2011 if present election predictions for this November's Congressional races are correct.

    And even if they aren't, Republican judges on the Federal courts will put this on hold, until the Republican-dominated US Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional. Republicans scream about "activist judges" when the rulings go against them, but are quick enough to use the courts themselves when it will serve their own ends. I fear Obama's order for gay visitation will not stand. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 30, 2010 2:40 PM GMT
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    OtterJoq saidCan you imagine John McCain doing something like this?

    I can't either. He'd be WAY too beholden to the wingnuts who supported him.

    Thank you, President Obama. I'm proud to have voted for you.

    Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. Republicans are trying to have this departmental policy overturned. They will succeed in 2011 if present election predictions for this November's Congressional races are correct.

    And even if they aren't, Republican judges on the Federal courts will put this on hold, until the Republican-dominated US Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional. Republicans scream about "activist judges" when the rulings go against them, but are quick enough to use the courts themselves when it will serve their own ends. I fear Obama's order for gay visitation will not stand. icon_sad.gif


    I know of at least one RJ member who'll probably be happy should that come to pass.

    Strange, I know, but there you are.
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    Jun 30, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    Wilton said
    OtterJoq saidCan you imagine John McCain doing something like this?

    I can't either. He'd be WAY too beholden to the wingnuts who supported him.

    Thank you, President Obama. I'm proud to have voted for you.

    Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. Republicans are trying to have this departmental policy overturned. They will succeed in 2011 if present election predictions for this November's Congressional races are correct.


    Are they able to? It's just a departmental policy, so probably not under their purview, at least not until 2012 (perish the thought).
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    Jun 30, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
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    Wilton said
    OtterJoq saidCan you imagine John McCain doing something like this?

    I can't either. He'd be WAY too beholden to the wingnuts who supported him.

    Thank you, President Obama. I'm proud to have voted for you.

    Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. Republicans are trying to have this departmental policy overturned. They will succeed in 2011 if present election predictions for this November's Congressional races are correct.


    Are they able to? It's just a departmental policy, so probably not under their purview, at least not until 2012 (perish the thought).

    Congress can pass laws that the Executive Branch and its departments, like HHS, must enforce. Obama might veto such a law, but his veto could be overridden.

    Plus I mentioned the courts, which could rule Obama's Presidential Directive to be unconstitutional. This is exactly what Republicans are working on right now. They labor overtime to defeat, hurt and persecute gays in every way they can. Hence my revulsion for those gays here who support Republicans & Conservatives, and their anti-gay political goals.
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    Jul 01, 2010 9:21 AM GMT
    I chuckle whenever a human rights issue like this pops up on RJ and not a single conservative/Republican RJ member speaks up to defend his party.