Democrats say Barrett’s nomination is all about the future of Obamacare

Democrats say Barrett's nomination is all about the future of Obamacare
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Trump has been trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act for four years. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: On Saturday night, Democratic leaders launched their case against federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, saying support for her confirmation was equivalent to a vote to end the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

In a rush of statements after President Trump introduced Barrett in the White House Rose Garden, top Democratic leader put the fate of the law — and its popular protections for patients with pre-existing conditions — front and center. Democrats also made frequent reference to the coronavirus pandemic, and the chaos that could arise from stripping health insurance options from millions of Americans in its midst.

From the Democratic presidential ticket on down, criticism of the federal judge repeatedly circled back to what has been a political winner for the party: health care — and the backlash to Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, former President Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said in a statement: “President Trump has been trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act for four years. Republicans have been trying to end it for a decade. Twice, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional.”

“But even now, in the midst of a global health pandemic, the Trump Administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the entire law, including its protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” Obama’s vice president added.

Biden made specific reference to some of the lingering tolls of the illness, including scarring of the heart and lungs damage, describing those complications as “the next deniable pre-existing condition.”

Democratic Party has been weighing a number of options in how they plan to frame their opposition to Barrett’s nomination. Her writings on abortion rights, and the expectation among many conservatives and most liberals that she would side with a decision to undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade, were also cited by a number of Democrats on Saturday and in the run-up the White House ceremony.

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