On Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to Monday’s Supreme Court 5-4 ruling, which found the ObamaCare mandate for certain abortifacients to be unconstitutional.
Krauthammer called it one of the unintentional consequences when the expansion of government occurs as it has with ObamaCare.
“What I think the important, the import of this is, when the state expands even if it’s doing stuff unintentionally, has no intention of impinging on religious practice, it will inevitably — especially if you’re going to control a sixth of the economy and the most intimate interaction a citizen has which is health care,” Krauthammer said. “So what I think is the import of this decision is it’s no way going to prevent access to contraception as if the court has ruled that gendarmes are now going to be outside pharmacies, patrolling it, making sure women can’t get in to get their contraceptives.”
“This is simply a way of protecting religious practice which is inevitably impinged on, whether intended or not and it probably was unintended in the law as the government expands, and I think that’s why it’s important,” he added. “But its effect on contraceptives is a trivial one because obviously nobody is denied access. Obviously it’s only 4 out of 20 forms of contraception and as the court pointed out there are other ways in which the government could provide this for free and it chose not to do that.”
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