WASHINGTON (AP)- In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow patients to say who has visitation rights and who can help make medical decisions, including gay and lesbian partners.
The White House on Thursday released a statement by Obama instructing his Health and Human Services secretary to draft rules requiring hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments to grant all patients the right to designate people who can visit and consult with them at crucial moments.
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I think this is a good thing.. This makes 3 things done under the BO admin I agree with.. Give kudos where kudos are do... I would have rather liked to see states do this. This isn't a Federal Government issue, imo. Nudges of social CHANGE by the Federal government, are NOT the role of the Federal Government... Not too mention~ all his government expansion and spending far outweigh this positive social moment. Is this Obama's way to divert the attention of the GROWING unpopularity of his health care plan? After all, it's more about politics and less about compassion.. jmo...:oP
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:02 AM on Apr. 16, 2010
Something I can agree with the White House on. Good for all patients that have a preference of who to consult with and visit with at crucial moments.
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