May 10, 2021 | Associated Press
On May 10, 2021, EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Severino appeared in an Associated Press article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar about an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will begin enforcing prohibitions on “sex” discrimination in health care under Section 1557 of Obamacare to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Severino was the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS from March 2017 to January 2021, where he founded the HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.
Conservative lawyer Roger Severino, who as a former HHS official oversaw the drafting of the Trump rules, said the Biden administration cut corners in issuing its new policy.
“This is inflaming the culture wars, especially when you are trying to circumvent the process,” said Severino, now at the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank. Partly because of conflicting lower court rulings on the Trump and Obama policies, Becerra should have undertaken a formal rule-making, which can take months. “I expect lawsuits,” Severino added.