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Judge's ruling undercuts U.S. health law's preventive care

A federal judge in Texas struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) related to preventive care, siding with plaintiffs who objected to mandatory coverage for contraception and HIV prevention treatment on religious grounds. The ruling by Judge Reed O'Connor comes after his previous ruling against the ACA was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision is likely to spark further legal battles and has raised concerns about its impact on public health. Click here for article.

  • Ruling Impact:

  • Judge Reed O'Connor blocked the requirement for insurers to cover preventive care like cancer screenings, following objections from plaintiffs on religious grounds.

  • Biden Administration's Response:

  • The Biden administration warned of potential upheaval in the public health system and plans to appeal the decision.

  • Legal Context:

  • The ruling is part of ongoing conservative efforts to undermine or dismantle the ACA, which has faced numerous legal challenges since its enactment in 2010.

  • Broader Implications:

  • The lawsuit reflects broader conservative legal challenges in health care and raises concerns about access to preventive care for millions of Americans.

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