Bloomberg Law
Oct. 17, 2019, 9:10 AM

‘Complicated Mess’ Follows Judge’s Obamacare, Transgender Ruling

Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler

Transgender people face uncertainty in their health care following a Texas federal judge’s decision to toss out anti-discrimination protections under Obamacare, an issue the Trump administration is also weighing and one that likely will wind up before the Supreme Court.

Judge Reed O’Connor—the same judge who struck down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety in December—ruled Oct. 15 that a regulation barring health providers and insurers from discriminating against people based on their gender identity or the termination of a pregnancy violates federal law. It runs afoul of rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act and religious liberties ...

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