Obamacare Awards Benefits to Children of Gay Partners
The administration plans to extend the provision of the law which allows children to remain on their parent’ s health care insurance until age 26 to same s*x partners who work in the federal government. The language of the proposed new rule reads as follows:
The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule to amend the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) regulations regarding coverage for children up to age 26 and for children of the same-s*x domestic partners of FEHB enrollees. The regulations also allow children of same- s*x domestic partners to be covered family members under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).
The rule would, in essence, extend eligibility in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program to the children of an enrollee’s same-s*x partner.
In an ABC interview with Robin Roberts, President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage, saying “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-s*x relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same s*x couples should be able to get married.”
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