President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.
The president ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation. The memo is scheduled to be made public Friday morning, according to an administration official and another source familiar with the White House decision.
If you think this doesn’t happen in your community, look at this story, from The University of Washington-affiliated Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle, Washington.
I lived in Seattle when this took place, and I remember how hard it was to believe that a family member could be denied access to a loved one who was dying. No family should ever go through this.
This is a great step forward to ending discrimination in health care, which has continued in many hospitals to this day.
But only to this day, because tomorrow it won’t be allowed anymore.