Target: Darrell G. Kirch, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Goal: Denounce Trump’s choice of anti-LGBTQ rights legislator as new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) could very well be an anti-LGBTQ advocate who has actively tried to ban same-sex marriage and who is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon turned Republican Representative, eared a zero percent on Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard and reportedly attended a lecture titled “How to Counter the Homosexual Extremist Movement” at a “Take America Back” conference. While Donald Trump’s choice raised red flags for gender fluid and trans rights activists, organizations like the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) endorsed him.
AAMC is not the only medical organization to back Price, but they are definitely the last one that should, especially because every medical school in the country is required to be a member and because the organization uses tuition funds to lobby Congress. After criticism of their endorsement, the organization released a statement stating that they would oppose specific issues as they arise. Prior individuals to serve as Secretary of the HHS have worked hard to support the needs of the LGBTQ community, but if Price gets the job, he will be in a position to harm gender and sexual minority patients. Sign this petition to demand that AAMC revoke its support for Tom Price as Secretary of the HHS.
Dear Mr. Kirch,
As a major medical organization, you should be a champion for patients of all types. Endorsing Price as Secretary of the Health Department portrays your organization as one that does not care about the needs and rights of the LGBTQ community. Price has worked endlessly to try and destroy same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, both of which have provided sustainable, new lives for many people, yet you have endorsed his cabinet position.
If Price heads the HHS, he will be in a position to hurt gender and sexual minority patients. The health field has only just started to see a shift in insurance policies to include aid specifically for LGBTQ individuals, and I am worried Price will reverse these measures. Please show gay and transgender Americans that AAMC is here for them by revoking your endorsement of Tom Price.
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