Supreme Court nominee Alito and health care

As new members join the Supreme Court, I’ve been wondering about the implications for health care but I haven’t seen anything specifically on the subject. But here’s a little tidbit from the Washington Post that’s not terribly encouraging.

[As an employee in the Justice Department during the Reagan administration] Alito helped write an opinion that employers could legally fire AIDS victims because of a “fear of contagion, whether reasonable or not,” because discrimination based on insufficient medical knowledge was not prohibited by federal laws protecting the disabled. Alito later explained that “we certainly did not want to encourage irrational discrimination, but we had to interpret the law as it stands.”

November 3, 2005

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