The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up two cases challenging whether Medicaid recipients can sue states over their decision to drop Planned Parenthood as a qualified provider.
Louisiana and Kansas decided to disqualify Planned Parenthood as a qualified Medicaid provider after videos emerged in 2015 alleging the group and its affiliates were contracting with companies to sell human fetal tissue and body parts.
Planned Parenthood and its patients then challenged the determinations, arguing the Medicaid Act gives Medicaid recipients the right to choose to receive their medical care from any qualified and willing provider.
“Five Circuits have held that Medicaid recipients have such a right, and one Circuit has held that they do not,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a dissenting opinion, which Justices Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined. “The last three Circuits to consider the question have themselves been divided.”
Thomas said the Supreme Court is the entity that created the confusion and it’s their job to clean it up…..
It appears that those who thought that Donald Trump’s court picks would open the floodgates for hard right decisions may turn out to be sadly mistaken…
So far the court has NOT leaned right in its recents decisions….