Apparently I’m going to spend every morning from now on introducing you to the newest member of the Cabinet From Hell. Sorry.
Tom Price was confirmed early this morning as Secretary of Health and Human Services. That means he’ll be the one in charge of one of Trump’s top political priorities: dismantling the Affordable Care Act. Oh, and he’s also vehemently anti-LGBT, but I’m sure you could have guessed that. Highlights:
He co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality
He voted against a bill to ban hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
He voted against a bill to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination
He called Obama’s guidelines supporting transgender students using gender-affirming bathrooms “absurd”
He supported the re-hiring of an Atlanta fire chief who lost his job after “employees received copies of his self-published book, which equated homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality”
He appeared on a conference call with a rabbi who claims Hurricane Sandy was “divine punishment” for marriage equality and seemed to empathize with (or at least entertain) that position
He opposed LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying legislation
He has said that LGBT rights are harmful to the medical and economic world
He’s also anti-choice, because of course he is. And let’s not forget that by nature of opposing the Affordable Care Act, he’s also working to overturn the part of the law that protects LGBT people from discrimination in healthcare. Those protections include trans people no longer being legally turned away from insurance coverage for the “pre-existing condition” of being trans.
Whatever the Republicans “replace” the ACA with – if they do – could bring back the LGBT nondiscrimination protections, but the way this administration is going, it doesn’t look likely. I wish the news was better, y’all. I really do.
I’m working with Mental Health America this month to ilustrate #mentalillnessfeelslike submissions for Mental Health Awareness Month. You can submit your own by messaging me (I’ve temporarily turned on anonymous messages) or use the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike on twitter.
Dozens of House Republicans are on the fence about voting for #Trumpcare. Your Representative could be one of them. Please call Congress right now! They are voting tomorrow (Thursday). This call will take 2 minute and your call could help keep this disaster from passing. If you care about the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. YOU NEED TO CALL RIGHT NOW!
Only Trump can promise “America First!”, then break his biggest campaign promise with as a result that taxpayers will have to choke up 25 BILLION dollars to pay for a useless wall, while insisting there is no money for universal health care and free education and still have supporters defending him.
That comes from a 2011 episode of The O'Reilly Factor, in which they start out making the point that the living conditions of the poor in the U.S. has gotten better in the last however many years … But it quickly devolves into “Can you believe these fucking people? Calling themselves ‘poor’ like that, when they own these things?”
I was outraged. I couldn’t believe that I lived in a country where the impoverished could shamelessly flaunt those luxuries right in my face while I heroically sacrificed my tax dollars to support their laziness. I had to see this for myself, so I got in my car and drove an hour to my mother’s house to see if Fox News’ claims were real.