President Trump has received another blow to his attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act through executive order.
On the last day of an open enrollment period that Trump cut in half — one in which signups have outpaced previous years despite a 90% cut to the outreach budget — Pennsylvania federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued an injunction against the Trump regime’s order allowing religious objections as an excuse to deny birth control.
In the case brought by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Beetlestone ruled that residents were “likely to suffer serious and irreparable harm in the absence of a preliminary injunction.”
As part of the ACA, large companies are required to pay for health coverage
The decision temporarily blocks Trump’s attempt to let large companies out of ACA requirements to provide employees with preventative healthcare that includes contraception.
This is by no means the end of the legal fights between those who want to further enrich the already wealthy and those who believe that women should have a right to healthcare. The Pennsylvania case will continue to move through the courts as will numerous challenges to Trump’s sexist rule by numerous states with Democratic Attorney Generals.
For now however, women across the country are safe from this particular threat from Donald Trump.