President Trump said it would be a “win for the USA” if the Supreme Court eliminates the Affordable Care Act.
“Obamacare will be replaced with a MUCH better, and FAR cheaper, alternative if it is terminated in the Supreme Court. Would be a big WIN for the USA!” the president said Sunday in a tweet.
The statement came as Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi claimed the only reason he’s in a rush to get Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the bench is to kill the health-care plan.
“What I am concerned about is anyone that President Trump would have appointed was there to undo the Affordable Care Act. That is why he was in such a hurry,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 10 — one week after the election.
If Barrett clears the nomination process and is confirmed by election day — Nov. 3 — as the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intend, she would be able to participate in the arguments over the Affordable Care Act.
Pelosi argued Americans would lose health care at a time the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 200,000 people in the US.
“What matters is what it means personally to the American people. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, that benefit will be gone. If you are a woman, you will be back to a time where being a woman is a pre-existing medical condition. If your adult children are on your policy, no longer will they be and that at time of a pandemic,” she said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is expected to hold a news conference later Sunday about Trump’s court selection, said Barrett has already criticized Chief Justice John Robert’s 2012 vote upholding the Affordable Care Act, and that a reading of the law should “invalidate” it completely.
The Trump administration and Congress did away with Obamacare’s individual mandate — requiring most Americans to have the plan or pay a penalty — and eliminated the penalty for not having insurance.