House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has warned that President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court could be a threat to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ‘Obamacare.’
In a statement issued on Saturday, Sept. 26, Pelosi claimed that President Trump has tried to crush Obamacare in Congress and the courts for four years, so the nomination of Barrett would threaten the destruction of lifesaving protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions together with every other benefit and protection of the ACA.
For four years, President Trump has tried to crush the Affordable Care Act. With his Supreme Court nominee, he is threatening the destruction of every benefit and protection of the ACA, including life-saving protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 26, 2020
“The rules preventing insurance companies from treating being a woman as a pre-existing condition will be gone. Young people’s ability to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 will be gone. The Medicaid expansion bringing health care to millions and Medicare drug savings for seniors from closing the ‘donut hole’ will be gone,” Pelosi wrote.
“The ban stopping insurers from going back to placing annual and lifetime limits on your health care will be gone. And the out-of-pocket cost maximums that prevent families from going bankrupt from endless medical bills will be gone too,” she continued.
President Trump nominated Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Sept. 18. Barrett, a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since late 2017, is the favorite choice of GOP senators because of her strong conservative credentials.
If confirmed by the Senate, Barrett will be the third Supreme Court justice nominated by President Trump and will form a 6-3 conservative majority on the court which could potentially weigh in on the Trump administration-backed lawsuit seeking to strike down the Obamacare.
According to The Hill, Democrats have criticized President Trump and the Senate Republicans for moving quickly on a Supreme Court pick so close to a presidential election.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) told Fox News on Saturday that the Senate confirmation hearings will start as soon as Oct. 12, less than one month before the Nov. 3 election.
In her statement, Pelosi said that, “If this nominee is confirmed, millions of families’ health care will be ripped away in the middle of a pandemic that has infected seven million Americans and killed over 200,000 people in our country.”
“Trump is exploiting this vacancy against the clear and overwhelming will of the American people, as he dismantles the pillars of health and economic security in America,” she said, adding that every vote to confirm the nominee is a vote to dismantle health care.
President Trump defended his decision, saying that Judge Barrett would protect the Americans’ God-given rights and freedoms.
“Most important of all, she will defend your God-given rights and freedoms,” Trump told a crowd at his campaign rally outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night.
At the campaign event, the president also criticized his rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, for not releasing a list of possible nominees.
Biden has called for waiting to vote on a new Supreme Court justice till after the election and said he will not release that list because it could influence the judges or possibly subject them to attacks.