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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 02:24 AM
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Pres Obama Orders Same-Sex Couples Hospital Visitation Rights!
Edited on Fri Apr-16-10 02:55 AM by Tx4obama
 
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Posted on YouTube: April 16, 2010
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Posted on DU: April 16, 2010
By DU Member: Tx4obama
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Anderson Cooper interviews the woman whose partner died which inspired President Obama to move forward on the issue of ensuring Same-Sex Couples have Hospital Visitation Rights.

Note: This will also pertain to heterosexual unmarried couples, widows, singles, etc.
EVERYONE will have the right to decide who can visit them and also who can make decisions for them.

CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/15/hospital.gay.vis...


Excerpt from Huffington Post article:

WASHINGTON In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow patients to say who has visitation rights and who can help make medical decisions, including gay and lesbian partners.

The White House on Thursday released a statement by Obama instructing his Health and Human Services secretary to draft rules requiring hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments to grant all patients the right to designate people who can visit and consult with them at crucial moments.

The designated visitors should have the same rights that immediate family members now enjoy, Obama's instructions said. It said Medicare-Medicaid hospitals, which include most of the nation's facilities, may not deny visitation and consultation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20100416/us-ob... /

EDITED TO ADD - Here's a link to President Obama's full memorandum/statement:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential...



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