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Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare

Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake New York court worker arrested, accused of threats related to inauguration GOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE is rushing to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE so he can repeal ObamaCare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act. 

“Why the president is in such a rush is because he’s in a hurry to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And he wants to do that,” Pelosi said at The Atlantic Festival on Tuesday night. “The oral arguments start Nov. 10, a week after the election, and he wants to get a justice in there in time for that so they can hear the arguments and vote on it.”

Trump and Senate GOP leaders signaled shortly after Ginsburg’s death on Friday that they would move on appointing a new judge on the conservative-majority court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump has talked to associates about forming new political party: report McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) appears to have locked down enough votes to approve a nominee, whom Trump said will be announced on Saturday. 

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Pelosi echoed other House Democrats, who said Tuesday that Republicans are rushing to fill the vacancy so another conservative justice can join the court and weigh in on a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era healthcare expansion. 

“People have to know what this means to them,” Pelosi said. “Yeah, they know that the Republicans are hypocritical; they said one thing and another—who cares. What they care about is what it means to them. And what it means to 150 million families in America is that no longer will they have the protection of the Affordable Care Act when it comes to a pre-existing medical condition.”

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