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Rep. John Lewis Responds to Discriminatory Health Regulation

May 1, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule rolling back Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.  This section, also known as the Health Care Rights Law, protects women, LGBTQ+ people, those with limited English proficiency, and individuals with disabilities from discrimination in health care and insurance coverage.  Upon reviewing the rule, Congressman Lewis made the following statement:

“Our nation is in the midst of a public health crisis.  Never before has respecting the dignity and worth of every human being been more important.  At a moment when health care access for vulnerable communities is critical, the decision of the administration to issue this rule is a shame, a disgrace, and a blatant desertion of responsibility and duty.  HHS should be leading the nation in providing guidance to protect the public during a pandemic, not providing roadmaps and issuing permits for discrimination.

“The United States professes to be a global model in our commitment to the concept of equal justice under the law -- equal protections for every person.  To sanction prejudice, bias, and intolerance against our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters, especially during this unprecedented health crisis, is wholly unconscionable.  The American people – especially those who place their hopes, dreams, and very lives in a desperate need for equal, quality health care -- deserve better, much better.” 

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