The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote Tuesday on legislation that would reverse an Obama administration ban on insurance plans that don’t cover transgender people.
The vote is expected to be close, though some Republican lawmakers may oppose it.
The Senate voted earlier this month to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandates.
The House bill would end those requirements.
The White House has threatened to veto the Senate bill.
The bill’s sponsors say the ban would be “unconstitutional” and would allow insurance companies to discriminate against people because of gender identity or gender expression.
Republican lawmakers are arguing that transgender people are at higher risk of having health problems because they are less likely to be treated for them.
Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia told the Associated Press on Sunday that he thinks it’s “ridiculous” that the federal government would “give the government power to deny coverage.”
“This is not a criminal act,” Price said.
“The Affordable Care Care Act is not unconstitutional.
It is constitutional, and it is the right thing to do.”
Democrats have accused Republicans of using the ban to “sidewalk discrimination.”