Step By Step

Anyone remember what the first bill President Obama signed into law? Hint: It was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Since then, the President has continued to “share the wealth” of freedom to all Americans. This morning, Gay Rights takes another step forward. From AP:

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 Human Rights Campaign, which backs gay rights, called Obama’s decision an “important action” that was inspired in part by a New York Times article about a lesbian couple in Miami. They were kept apart while one lay dying in a hospital despite having an “advanced health care directive” asking for full visitation rights for each other.

Most gay activist groups remain critical of the President for not fulfilling his promises fast enough. Most conservatives still believe his ultra-liberal agenda is destroying the fabric of American society. In other words, no matter what he does, President Obama can’t win…

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2 responses to “Step By Step

  1. I was really happy to see this the other day. I wish he would be a little more forceful in cleaning up the 8 year mess left by Bush, but this is a small step. You’re right that he’s screwed no matter what he does. Makes you wonder why anyone would want the job.

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