As I was driving to the airport today (another hellish travel week ahead), I wondered why the Obamacare health legislation was ignoring gay-related issues. After all, this healthcare legislation has devolved into a series of identity-politics buy-offs.
For example, unions are getting a multi-year break from the “Cadillac” healthcare tax. And we all know about the Nebraska bribe that Senator Nelson secured.
So what’s missing? You got it! The most liberal Congress and Administration in a generation is completely ignoring the impact of healthcare reform on the LGBT community — one of its most loyal identity -politics shills.
With the passage of Obamacare to be decided on less than a handful of House votes, where is Tammy Baldwin or Barney Frank? Why the hell aren’t they standing up and demanding the same kind of treatment for gays and lesbians under Obamacare that union members are getting?
What do I mean? Well, one example is the individual mandate. My health insurance covers my partner, John. But he, like millions of others like him, will be forced to buy health insurance under Obamacare even though he doesn’t need it. This individual mandate is the “Gay Health Tax” as it punishes domestic partners more than any other group in America. Funny how the media hasn’t reported this and Reps. Baldwin & Frank aren’t standing up for us.
If that idea isn’t good enough for LGBT-friendly Democrats, how about exempting HIV drugs from whatever formularies are mandated by the “health exchanges”? Or providing subsidies for HIV drugs regardless of income.
I could go on and on.
The question that American gays and lesbians need to ask: Where were your Democrat friends when the goodies were being handed out in the Healthcare Reform Legislation?
We already know the answer: AWOL.