The Administration is refusing to work on relief for Americans facing hunger, record unemployment, and evictions so that it can push through Judge Barrett’s nomination in the middle of an election and a pandemic. The Senate must stop this sham nomination process and focus on the relief and care the country needs.
With the death of Justice Ginsburg, it is not an exaggeration to say that we are at a dangerous precipice. Access to health care for at least 20 million people in this country is in immediate jeopardy. And so much more is on the line for women, particularly women of color. Protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansion, coverage of preventive services, protections against discrimination in health care, and many other important improvements are at stake.
President Trump and his Administration have targeted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its protections from day one of his presidency. This includes backing a lawsuit being heard by the Supreme Court in November that seeks to invalidate the law in its entirety.
Who this case comes before will be the deciding factor of whether people are thrown off their health insurance in the middle of a pandemic. Trump’s nominee poses a clear and dangerous threat to the Affordable Care Act and to the health and lives of people across the country. But regardless of who he is nominating, there should be no consideration of a nominee now, when an election is underway. Doing so is dangerous to our democracy and the rule of law itself.