Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court as a cunning ploy to destroy Obamacare.
“The American people should make no mistake — a vote by any senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with preexisting conditions,” the Senate minority leader said in a Sunday statement. “By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans' health care in the crosshairs.”
He held a press conference in Manhattan featuring a girl who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a horseback riding accident and a man whose daughter has a severe neurological disorder.
“These families have been fighting for other families — the sick and the healthy — because they know each and every one of us is just one diagnosis away from a preexisting condition,” Schumer stated.
In November, the Supreme Court is scheduled to take on a suit from Republican state attorneys general who say the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because Congress removed the tax penalty for those without insurance. They are citing a 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the act on grounds that the penalty was constitutionally proper.
While Senate Republicans likely have enough votes to confirm Barrett, Senate Dems are working to make the process as difficult as possible, Politico reported.
Some Dems have said they won’t meet with Barrett, according to the publication. Schumer will not meet with her, his spokesman told the Daily News. Another big part of the strategy is accusing Republicans of hypocrisy — noting they blocked former President Barack Obama’s effort to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in the last year of his administration, on purported grounds that the move shouldn’t come until after the 2016 election.
“We know that the votes are not there [to block the nominee], but you do what you can to call attention to it,” said Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) told Politico. “The issue is that this is a power grab.”
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