Until now, most of the signals sent by Joe Biden on his Cabinet picks have tended to paint his strategy as moderation. Over the weekend, though, Biden appears to have pandered to progressives and especially to the Planned Parenthood contingent in the Democratic Party coalition. Sources claim that Biden will pick current California attorney general Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
That should have churches and nuns on full alert for the next four years. Becerra has long taken a hostile position toward conscience protections and personal choice, especially on the basis of religious belief:
Becerra would have a long list of priorities in tackling the pandemic, including expanding testing, improving access to personal protective equipment and distributing a Covid-19 vaccine. He would also be responsible for another top goal of the Biden administration — strengthening and building up the Affordable Care Act. …
As California attorney general, Becerra has led other states with Democratic attorneys general to file lawsuits defending the Affordable Care Act against the efforts of President Donald Trump’s administration to dismantle it. That includes a case currently before the Supreme Court.
He has also filed suit against the HHS for allowing health workers and hospitals to decline to provide medical treatment that conflicts with their religious and moral beliefs. He has also filed suits against broadening exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception without a copay, and removing LGBTQ people from the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination protections.