Last week, Trump quietly appointed anti-LGBTQ activist Roger Severino to lead the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), an office whose work he has actively opposed.
In his previous role as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society for the Heritage Foundation, Severino spoke out against the civil rights protections he will now be tasked with upholding and supported the wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“By appointing Mr. Severino to enforce the life-saving protections that he has made his personal mission to dismantle, the Trump administration has once again put the fox in charge of the hen house,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), in a statement.
While at the Heritage Foundation, he authored a report opposing the OCR’s implementation of a portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as the 1557 rule, which prohibited discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex in federally-funded health programs.
TODAY’s 5 Minute Action:
Step 1: Contact Severino’s boss, HHS Secretary Tom Price, and let him know that this appointment is WRONG.
- E-mail Address: Secretary@HHS.gov
Phone Number: (202)205-5445. This is Price’s comment line.
- Script: “As HHS Secretary your job is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. Yet, you quietly appointed Roger Severino to run the Office of Civil Rights and you know he is opposed to the rights of LGBTQ citizens, one of our most vulnerable communities. You are a sad and unfortunate joke.”
BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!
Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team
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