Obama Orders Hospitals To Grant Same-Sex Couples Visitation Rights



President Obama signed an order Thursday night requiring hospitals to ♦ allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to ♦ grant their partners medical power of attorney.

The president ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation and respect patients’ choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them. The presidential order is scheduled to be made public Friday morning.

The new rule will affect any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding — the vast majority of hospitals across the nation.

Activists celebrate Obama’s directive; many of us have been working for this change for years.

Critics are in a tougher spot: Basically, it’s hard to condemn the decision without sounding heartless. But that won’t stop some conservatives and christian leaders:

Peter S. Sprigg of the Family Research Council said the President’s order, “undermines the definition of marriage” and “clearly constitutes pandering to a radical special interest group.”

You know, by conservatives acting so viciously and monstrously as the “Party of No,” Tea Party radicals, the Republican Party, and Neo-Conservatives have taught Obama that there is no political middle ground, nor working out compromise any longer and no need to even try.

It’s clear now that Barack decided, “If I’m a one-term president because I am preventing a Depression and improving the health and lives of citizens, then so be it… I might as well change everything possible that I can and shove this declining nation forward with great force!”

Thank you, Mr. President for letting me know that at least someone in power wants to recognize me as a legitimate US citizen with all the rights accorded other citizens.

“The General Accounting Office has identified 1,138 instances in federal law where marriage is important,” one gay rights activist told the Washington Post. “We’ve knocked off one of them.”

The most important news and commentary to read right now. – The Slatest – Slate Magazine.



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