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How Obamacare helps the LGBT community

Since taking office, President Obama and his administration have taken significant steps to advance equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. You’ve probably heard of many of these accomplishments: repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in hospitals and in housing, promoting international LGBT human rights, standing up against DOMA and then implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.

That’s an important, and exciting, list of accomplishments over the last few years – but it’s missing one very important accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act has the potential to transform the lives of countless LGBT people and improve the health and well-being of our community – for generations to come.

Here’s why:

This is exciting stuff – but many Americans aren’t aware of their new options or that they can sign up for health insurance by December 23 and get coverage by January 1!

That’s why we have been working closely with organizations like Out2Enroll, CenterLink, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, PFLAG, the Equality Federation, and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute over the last few months to raise awareness of the Affordable Care Act. And we’ve also been working with LGBT community centers, Pride organizations, philanthropic foundations, LGBT health centers, and HIV/AIDS service providers to empower local LGBT communities with the information and resources they need to get access to quality, affordable health care.

These efforts are making a difference – but we can’t stop now!



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Posted by Associate Editor on Dec 17, 2013. Filed under Around the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “How Obamacare helps the LGBT community”

  1. The 10 best reasons to sign up for Obama Care……….

    1. You’ll at last get to read the Encyclopedia Britannica in its entirety while waiting in your doctor’s office.

    2. You will experience the thrill of waiting to find out whether you’ll die before you finally have your surgery.

    3. People who have long dreamed of becoming doctors will have incentive to avoid massive co-pays and deductibles by performing surgery on themselves.

    4. No more concern about seeing a good doctor as all the good doctors retire and smart people opt not to go into medicine.

    5. With maternity care covered for everyone, men can finally start to have babies.

    6. Since Obamacare’s authors did nothing about medical malpractice reform, you can easily sue your doctor if he actually demands payment.

    7. It seems reasonable to ask your doctor to classify quadruple bypass open heart surgery as a free “wellness” visit.

    8. With your daughter on your plan until age 26, you can threaten to revoke her health insurance if she marries that guy with the tattoo.

    9. Surprisingly enough, in Federalist Paper 74, James Madison wrote, “I think it would be a good idea for the federal government to take over a business that represents a fifth of the economy.”

    10. Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton all have enough money to see doctors and go to hospitals that are out of network, so you can stop worrying about them!

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