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Sunday, November 6th 2005

Alito and HIV

Ah, finally Alito’s nomination comes into contact with a healthcare issue. Attacks on Alito seem to be particularly dragging up writing and opinions concerning private discrimination. I’ve heard complaints about opinions on affirmative action, mandated maternity lead, and now an opinion he wrote while serving in the DOJ during Reagan’s term, which claimed that people with HIV were not protected by the American’s With Disabilities Act from firing.

Private discrimination may be morally appalling but where’s the right to work? Where’s the right to sit at the counter? There’s a far better argument for the rights of a business owner in his leeway to act. Get out of Dodge; liberals want to argue against conservatives mandating “morality” by, and just an example, denying gay marriages. However, limiting private discrimination is the same dance.