Wow. After participating in the Congressional Progressive Caucus's ideological coup to stand solid against any health care reform without a strong public option, Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation to deal with LGBT health care issues:
Baldwin's Ending Health Disparities for LGBT Americans Act would be the first comprehensive approach to establish nondiscrimination policies for all federal health programs, according to a statement released on Tuesday. It would also fund training for health care providers, extend Medicare benefits to domestic partners, create an office of LGBT Health within the Department of Health and Human Services, and fund local health centers that specialize in LGBT services.
"Our current health care system fails LGBT Americans on many levels," Baldwin said. "Although we have ample anecdotal evidence of these disparities, the federal government lacks even the most basic data on sexual orientation and gender identity and health. This bill invests in research and takes critical steps towards improving the health of LGBT Americans and their families."
Would "nondiscrimination policies" for "all federal health programs" include the public option should that end up being created? One can only hope - there's enough discrimination against queer patients going on in the private insurance world that shouldn't be replicated in a public option.