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Focus on Amy Coney Barrett’s Healthcare Record ‘Like a Laser’

Sean Moranby Sean Moran

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats on Saturday that they should focus on Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s healthcare record “like a laser.”

Schumer contended in a Dear Colleague letter to Senate Democrats that Judge Barrett’s healthcare record will help build opposition to the Supreme Court nominee.

Schumer wrote:

All the data show that with COVID raging, the number one priority for the American people is health care — its affordability, accessibility and quality. We must focus like a laser on health care because Judge Barrett’s record is so clear on this issue.

Should Judge Barrett get confirmed, she will likely decide on a court case over whether the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate violates the Constitution and whether the 2010 healthcare law should be scrapped.

Schumer continued:

Given Senate Republicans‘ monomaniacal drive to fill this vacancy as quickly as possible, the best way to defend those rights is a bipartisan majority that will refuse to vote on a Supreme Court nominee before the election. This will not happen on its own. It requires public pressure on Senate Republicans. Health care remains the best way to keep the pressure up.

 Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), one of the leading proponents of healthcare reform in the Senate GOP conference, has charged that health care serves as a significant liability for Republicans.
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