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For those of you who are a bit concerned about Government intruding in on our lives, this one will make your head explode. Something interesting came out of the Health Care bill proposed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee appropriately named Help, because that’s what America should scream every time they pass a bill. The Senate bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary to come up with a new standards for measurement of gender. The United States Senate wants to stop using the categories of “male” and “female.

If this isn’t beyond the pale crazy nothing is. Maybe the authors of this Senate bill never had the chance to sit down with their parents for an explanation of the difference between girls and boys, but that should be their problem not ours:

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s health care legislation will give the Health and Human Services secretary the authority to develop “standards of measuring gender” — as opposed to using the traditional “male” and “female” categories — in a database of all who apply or participate in government-run or government-supported health care plans.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is required by the proposed law — The Affordable Health Choices Act,which was voted out of committee on July 15 — to create a database within one year of the law’s enactment that will include detailed information about those who sign up for government-run or supported health care programs, including their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language and disabilities.

The proposed law states that the database can use the Office of Management and Budget “standards for race and ethnicity measures.”

But for the collection of “gender” data, instead of using the categories “male” and “female,” the legislation calls for “developing standards for the measurement of gender.”

The language is found on page 410 and 411 of the 615 document under SEC. 332: Understanding Health Disparities: Data Collection and Analysis.

The legislation says that the purpose of the database is to “detect and monitor trends in health disparities” at “federal and state levels.”

The legislation also says the database will be made available to a wide range of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control, the Office for Minority Health, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

…Like the Senate HELP health care bill, the House version–America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009–does not include in its proposed database of participants categories for “male,” “female,” or “sex,” but uses “gender” as a category for data collection.

“Gender identity” is routinely used by homosexual groups to define differences in sexual orientation, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and, in some cases, “questioning.” (Source)

Gee when I was growing up there were two genders, Male or Female, it had nothing to do with sexual preference and everything to do with human “plumbing.” The fact that our government wants to spend time defining gender, is perfect proof of why the government needs to stay away from health care. It is just impossible for them to do without making it much more difficult and confusing than needed.

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