May 24, 2019


Newton, MA – In response to the Trump Administration’s efforts to overturn the Health Care Rights Law, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today rejected the proposed repeal of the definition of “sex” in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. As chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy has led efforts to fight back against President Trump’s continued assault on transgender Americans.

“Allowing discrimination and hatred to enter our exam rooms was a vestige of our dark past when patients could be denied care simply because of who they are. By attempting to overturn the Health Care Rights Law, the Trump Administration is spreading fear and confusion across our health care system and putting the lives of transgender Americans at risk. But we must be very clear about one thing: this rule changes nothing for any trans patient and denying them care remains illegal today. Despite the intolerance and hatred perpetrated by President Trump and Vice President Pence, every trans American should know that they are seen, they are heard, and we are fighting with them.”

Kennedy serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. Following the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, he introduced the Do No Harm Act with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to preserve civil rights. Last year, Kennedy led nearly 100 colleagues demanding the rejection of a proposed policy by the Department of Health and Human Services to redefine “sex” to exclude the transgender community and deny them basic civil rights protections. He has been a proud co-sponsor of major equality legislation, from the Equality Act to the Global Respect Act to the Student Non-Discrimination Act.


For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2019 

Dan Black (202) 225-5931