Architect of Texas abortion ban has his sights set on basic preventive health coverage nextJuly 26, 2022
“The government cannot possibly show that forcing private insurers to provide PrEP drugs, the HPV vaccine, and screenings and behavioral counseling for STDs and drug use free of charge is a policy of such overriding importance that it can trump religious-freedom objections,” according to the lawsuit.
Oh really? The government doesn’t have an interest in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases? But of course to these people, nothing can trump religious-freedom objections. They want Christian people to be able to wield their faith as a weapon against anyone and everyone they don’t like, to deny service and discriminate against and stigmatize whenever and wherever they wish, with the blessing of the courts. They want the second thought in the First Amendment, that “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion, to trump the first thought, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” and they want their religion, as they define it and against whom they define it, to be the religion so established.
The Biden administration is arguing in court that the people bringing the suit do not have standing to sue because they haven’t actually been harmed by other people getting preventive care without copays. Which is also true.
The suit is being brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas before Judge Reed O’Connor, the author of other anti-ACA opinions. Whatever the outcome, it will doubtless be appealed to the conservative Fifth Circuit and then to the conservative Supreme Court, where we will see how far Donald Trump’s justices will go on health care.
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