Frankel applauds Obama’s directive for equal hospital access
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded President Obama’s recent directive to provide same-sex partners access to their loved ones in nearly all U.S. hospitals.
At Obama’s direction, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will issue regulations binding on all hospitals that participate in Medicare or Medicaid. The new policy will give same-sex partners the same visitation rights that blood relatives enjoy.
Frankel said, “This is something for which I have long advocated at the state level and I commend President Obama for using his authority to provide this protection nationwide. One of the reasons I have long opposed tacking a discriminatory ‘marriage amendment’ onto the state or federal Constitution is that such an amendment could deny many Americans access to their loved ones at critical times in their lives.
“I am also pleased that the federal government appears to be moving forward on another way to guarantee equal treatment for LGBT Americans – the U.S. House is expected to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the near future. I commend Senators Specter and Casey for co-sponsoring the Senate version, and Congressman Doyle and the other seven Pennsylvania members who are co-sponsoring it in the U.S. House. The federal legislation is similar to House Bill 300, which I have introduced in Harrisburg.”