Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hospital Visits for the Rest of Us

Good news!

We can now visit our sick loved ones in the hospitals.

Silly that we have to celebrate this, but we'll do and take what we can, huh?


New regulations regarding hospital visitation rights went into effect Tuesday, paving the way for members of the LGBT community to have further control over their own medical decisions.

Under the new protocol, initiated last April and developed over the following months, hospitals partaking in Medicare and Medicaid must now allow all patients to decide visitation rights, as well as who to entrust with making medical decisions on their behalf, regardless of sexual or gender identity.

"This policy impacts millions of LGBT Americans and their families. The President saw an injustice and felt very strongly about correcting this and has spoken about it often over the years," White House deputy director of public engagement Brian Bond wrote on the White House blog.

Sad but true: this is the kind of gradualism that MLK, Jr., so detested.

But it is the kind of gradualism that Pres. Obama specializes in.



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