Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mandated Coverage

For the fourth time, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge targeting the Affordable Care Act.  The latest case concerns a challenge from religious nonprofit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.  The ACA calls for group health plans to provide a full range of contraceptive coverage to women at no cost.  
In the Burwell versus Hobby Lobby decision, a divided Supreme Court ruled five to four that corporations can’t be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees.  Hobby Lobby a craft supply store successfully challenged the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, on the grounds that it violated their religious freedom by requiring them to pay for contraception coverage, they found morally objectionable.  It was a victory for conservatives to block birth control, fought by five male justices, whose conservative ideology clearly demonstrated that they are commitment to waging war on women.

The decision was written to opened the flood gates for litigation enabling employers to deny other forms of healthcare to their employees on religious grounds.  Our founding father sought to create a government with a wall of separation between church and states, but that wall has been tumbling down, since the Eisenhower administration.

Conservative Republican governors have block Medicaid expansion thereby denying the working poor access to health care.  What this is really about is destroying a law designed to get people health insurance.

The Supreme Court ruling suggests that somehow religion can be used as a justification to block women from accessing birth control, which is basic healthcare for women.  Unintended pregnancy is highly correlated with infant mortality, maternal mortality and is a significant risk factor in domestic violence homicide.  Those five Supreme Court justices disregarded the welfare and lives of women and infants. 

Those conservative Republican governors have denied healthcare for the working poor.

(See 11/10/15 post entitled “Religious Zealot.”)


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