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Sunshine Republicans: Sweetheart deals to seal the support for Health Care Reform, but what about the LGBT community?

News release from Fort Lauderdale-based Sunshine Republicans:

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – Louisiana Purchase, Cornhusker Kickback, Connecticut Concubine, Tennessee Turbine, are all names of the “sweetheart deals” to get the key votes for passage of the Health Care Reform, but where’s the Gay Gallivant?? As Congress voted on the health care bill the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats forgot about the key LGBT provisions that the House version had passed in late 2009.

Some of the key LGBT provisions that were set aside by the Democratic leadership in the Senate and the Administration include:

- A prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in providing health care
- Enabling people with HIV and low incomes to obtain Medicare coverage earlier in the course of their illness
- Eliminating the tax that gay employees must pay if their same-sex partners or spouses receive health coverage from their employers’ plan
- A provision to collect data towards the goal of ending disparities in health care for LGBT people

While the President has met with members from the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss inclusion of specific items pertinent to their communities in the legislation, no such offer was made to the LGBT Congressional Equality Caucus.

All during the campaign, Obama promised rights for the LGBT community, however, where are they?? Who’s holding him accountable for the broken promises he’s made to us and has failed miserably on?

Sunshine Republicans, a LGBT conservative club, can be found at www.sunshinerepublicans.org

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I notice the press release makes no mention of any Republicans in Congress who have publicly come out in support of any of these items.

While I laud their effort to hold the administration accountable on LGBT issues, their own party's dismal record on our issues speaks volumes.

People in glass houses should not throw stones.

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