Donald Trump’s plan to allow doctors to refuse treatment to trans people looks set to go ahead

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The Trump Administration’s plan to allow doctors to deny treatment to trans people is set to be implemented.

The policy recently announced by the Trump administration would allow healthcare professionals to refuse to treat LGBT+ people if they have a religious objection.

Trump’s proposed rule would remove an Obama-era protection and would allow doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies to deny coverage or treatment based on gender identity.

The Justice Department confirmed to the New York Times that the Department of Health and Human Services have submitted a draft of the new policy.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions meets with families of victims killed by illegal immigrants in his office at the Justice Department June 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump has pledged to tighten immigration policies and the House of Representatives is in the process of voting on legislation with the same goal. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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The White House later confirmed that they were was reviewing federal healthcare anti-discrimination policies.

The 2016 rule was set up to complement other parts of the Affordable Care Act and banned health insurers from putting arbitrary limits on trans healthcare or discriminating based on gender identity.

Due to this rule, transgender Americans were able to access gender confirmation surgeries which previously could have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Despite mass criticism about the removal of the protections, the policy is set to be rolled out despite estimated costs of over $300 million.

This potential rule follows a legal challenge against the anti-discrimination rules by a group of medical professionals.

A federal judge in Texas stopped the protections based on gender identity, stating that in the law, Congress had banned discrimination based on sex but argued that this did not include gender identity.

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