Well. The first paragraph of this article (Keen News Service‘s Obama’s new proposal: LGBTs still missing) pretty much is another indictment of how President “Fierce Advocate” just isn’t:

President Obama released a new health care reform bill Monday that he says incorporates work done in the House and Senate and adds ideas from Republican members of Congress. But there’s no inclusion in this new proposed measure of any of the gay-related provisions in the original House bill.

But it’s not all bad news. The president’s proposal calls for $11 billion for “the operation, expansion, and construction of community health centers” around the country. And that money could help at least some LGBT and HIV centers around the country.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), the openly gay member of Congress who was a leader in adding pro-gay provisions to the House health reform bill, says she hasn’t given up hope. She called President Obama’s proposal Monday “an important step forward” that “helps to regain our momentum” on health care reform efforts.

But, she added, “it is not the final word.” …

It might not be the final word on healthcare reform, but the current healthcare reform proposal by President Obama and is yet another example of how the President is far from being the fierce, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community advocate he advertized himself to be in the 2008 campaign.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen

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