Federal employees who are insured through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program received an email from Aetna advertising their new pet insurance plans. “In these challenging economic times, it’s good to know you can get some financial protection for unexpected illness and injury to your pets,” the e-mail reads before listing the many benefits. But they STILL can’t insure their same sex partners.
So “in these challenging economic times,” LGBT workers and protect fido and boo-boo kitty but are still prohibited from purchasing policies for their partners or spouses by the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Okay now just how fucking insulting is this?
There are currently two separate bills in the House and Senate to provide full federal benefits to same sex domestic partners of federal employee. Last year, the legislation was voted out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on a bipartisan basis but Sen. Joe Lieberman) — the bill’s chief sponsor — has promised not to move this on the floor of the Senate “until we get the explicit offsets” from OPM. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the legislation would cost approximately $310 million through 2020 and benefit some 30,000 employees with same-sex partners. And with the cost that high both bills are now in permanent “stall status” and probably as good as dead because we all know money trumps equal rights.
The Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligation Act was considered low lying fruit in January 2009 just like ENDA, and DADT.
Another LGBT MASSIVE FAIL by this Administration.