"Gay Republicans Desert LGBT Community In Partisan Attack Of Healthcare Decision"
Both the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud have responded negatively to today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. GOProud claimed that Obamacare “hurts gay and lesbian families” — despite the fact none of their own position statements actually support LGBT rights. LCR went a step further, with its Deputy Executive Director Christian Berle blaming Democrats for stripping LGBT-specific protections from the legislation:
BERLE: Log Cabin Republicans also have not forgotten that Democrats in Congress stripped provisions protecting LGBT families out of healthcare reform when it was passed. We remain committed to ending the Internal Revenue Service’s discriminatory treatment of employer-provided healthcare for domestic partners. While the Court may have found Obamacare to be constitutional, that does not mean it has been carved in stone. Now is the time to go back to the drawing board and institute reforms that work for all Americans.
National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis told ThinkProgress that LCR has lost touch with “both reality and history”:
DAVIS: The Log Cabin Republicans must have lost their minds today. They are ignoring both reality and history in their attempt to convince LGBT Americans that the Affordable Care Act is bad for them. The LGBT provisions they claim were removed from the ACA by Democrats were done at the demands of the GOP. Throughout the healthcare debate the GOP demanded concession after concession and dug in their heels threatening to filibuster the bill in the Senate if they didn’t get their way. Log Cabin Republicans are doing a disservice to LGBT Americans by intentionally mischaracterizing the history of the Congressional debate on the ACA for partisan gain.
Indeed, even without the explicit LGBT provisions, the ACA still benefits the LGBT community in many important ways, such as improved data collection and protections for people who affected by HIV. For the Log Cabin Republicans to attack this law and the Democrats who advocated for it is to abandon support for the LGBT community just to make a disingenuous partisan cheapshot.