Texas Judge Rules Christian Doctors Can Deny Medical Care To Transgenders As He Overturns Obamacare Protections
A Texas judge on Tuesday overturned ObamaCare protections for transgender patients, ruling that a 2016 policy violates the religious freedom of Christian providers, opening the door for Christian doctors to deny medical service to transgender patients because of od religious reasons, according to The Hill.
Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas vacated an Obama-era regulation that prohibited insurers and providers from denying treatment or coverage to anyone based on sex, gender identity or termination of pregnancy.
The regulation also required doctors and hospitals to provide “medically necessary” services to transgender individuals as long as those services were the same ones provided to other patients.
O’Connor, the same judge who last year ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, said the rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Advocates argue removing those protections will allow health care providers, hospitals and insurers to discriminate against transgender patients.
His ruling is likely to be appealed.