Trump to overhaul HHS office, shield health workers with moral objections

Jan 18, 2018

By DAN DIAMOND and JENNIFER HABERKORN

The Trump administration on Thursday will announce an overhaul of the HHS civil rights office as part of a broader plan to protect health workers who don’t want to perform abortions, treat transgender patients seeking to transition or provide other services for which they have religious or moral objections.

Under a proposed rule — which has been closely guarded at HHS and is now under review by the White House — the civil rights office would be empowered to further shield these workers and punish organizations that don’t allow them to express their religious and moral objections, according to sources on and off the Hill. That would be a significant shift for the office, which currently focuses on enforcing federal civil rights and health care privacy laws.

HHS is planning to announce the changes at its headquarters Thursday morning.

The department’s leaders have repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for rolling back regulations dating to the George W. Bush administration that legally insulated health care workers while affirming their religious freedoms.

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5 comments on “Trump to overhaul HHS office, shield health workers with moral objections

  • This sort of thing should be curtailed at the recruitment stage. If you can’t undertake to treat all patients according to their needs without imposing personal caveats and preconditions, you don’t get the job.



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  • rogeroney #1
    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    This sort of thing should be curtailed at the recruitment stage.
    If you can’t undertake to treat all patients according to their needs . . . . . .

    I have seen no indications that Trump has any interest whatsoever in the needs of ordinary people!
    It’s more like: “Look at big me kicking people – so wouldn’t my fan-base like to feel empowered, joining in the prejudice-based abuse”!



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  • Sooo, if they have a “religious” objection to minorities, they don’t have to serve them?
    If they have a “religious” objection to charity?
    How about unwed mothers?
    Anything can and will be a “religious” objection if this is allowed to stand.
    Their job is protect the rights of the citizens, not their workers.



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  • “The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court’s order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party’s chances of winning.”
    Where is Dan?



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  • The law should not allow health workers refuse to assist collectives they dislike. Health companies should dismiss these health workers if they are not prepared to do their job, so before being recruited they should sign a contract commiting themselves to assist any people needing medical care. Failure to sign this contract would mean not being hired by the health company. The problem arised during the Trump administration would be over.



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