Taraji Henson, the former NAACP president and now a senior adviser at the Center for American Progress, said Tuesday that she’s concerned that the Trump administration has gone too far in restricting the civil rights of the LGBT community.
Henson, who served as a senior aide to Sen. Tim Kaine Timothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches investigation into Teva over safety concerns | House panel to vote on opioid legislation Biden to delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week MORE (D-Va.) and Rep. John Lewis John LewisHeidi Cruz on Kavanaugh hearing: ‘It is the height of irresponsibility’ The Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh, accuser speak out MORE (Md.) said that she and other advocates are concerned about the recent decision by the Trump Administration to rescind an Obama-era rule requiring employers to offer health insurance to their workers, and the impact it will have on transgender employees.
“It is unfortunate that the White House has gone so far as to pull this rule in the name of protecting women, and in doing so, they are doing a tremendous disservice to trans people who are being forced to live under the Trump regime,” Henson said.
“There is a great deal of work to be done in ensuring that transgender Americans have equal access to health care and the protections they deserve.
This action is just one step away from making that happen.”
The Obama-endorsed rule, known as Title VII, required employers to provide health insurance coverage for their employees.
It would have required employers with 50 or more employees to provide coverage, with the exception of religious employers that already provide coverage to their employees, such as churches and schools.
Under Trump’s administration, the Labor Department has taken over that mandate and issued guidance to employers that states can revoke for any reason, including violations of federal law.
That guidance, which was sent to state labor agencies last week, is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hensley added that the administration’s recent move to rescind the rule is a “complete betrayal of the will of the American people, as well as our LGBT friends and allies.”
“It’s a betrayal of our nation’s commitment to equality and equality under the law,” Hensley said.
“There is absolutely no justification for this.”
The Labor Department is also taking over enforcement of the rule for employers with 25 or more workers, which would have allowed the administration to remove the rule from the books.
Henshen is concerned that a ruling from the Supreme Court could have a similar effect on the rule.
Hendersons comments come just days after the Labor department rescinded the Obama-backed rule for transgender people.
The Labor Department previously said that the rule did not apply to religious employers.
The rule required employers who were not religious to offer insurance to all their employees on nondiscrimination grounds.