A new PBS NewsHour segment highlights Accountable.US research detailing Project 2025’s draconian health care agenda, authored by former Trump staffer and current Heritage senior staffer Roger Severino. The agenda, laid out in Project 2025’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) chapter of its lengthy policy manifesto, includes plans to ban abortion, end Medicare negotiations, weaken government authority, and enable discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.

Project 2025 is mobilizing extreme conservative operatives like Roger Severino to impose a dangerous, unpopular agenda on Americans. Under Severino’s leadership, HHS would effectively reshape American healthcare and undermine our civil liberties — posing a unique threat to the rights and freedoms we hold dear.”

Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone

Project 2025’s agenda would harm every single American and make communities across our country less safe. If you're an American considering using IVF to start a family, a senior relying on Medicare for health care, or a woman in need of reproductive care, you should be concerned about Project 2025.”

Ciccone added

Roger Severino’s track record as former director of the Office of Civil Rights at HHS in the Trump administration speaks volumes about the far-right agenda he seeks to impose. Severino’s tenure was marked by relentless efforts to roll back hard-won reproductive and LGBTQ rights, aligning with his pre-Heritage career at Becket and matching Project 2025’s broader goals.

While at HHS, Severino worked to exclude abortion from health care coverage, issued a rule allowing employers to refuse to cover birth control in their employee health insurance plans, and stripped nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. A Severino-led HHS would go even further to effectively ban abortion nationwide, gut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and enable even more anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

Accountable.US launched its Expose Project 2025 campaign to uncover the sprawling dark money network, key funders, and conservative figures behind the extreme Project 2025 effort threatening our democracy. Learn more at ExposeProject2025.org.


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