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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 PelosiPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE is rushing to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us an answer on court-packing 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 McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal 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.”

Their move to consider a nominee less than two months before an election is a reversal from the GOP’s stance in 2016, when they refused to move then-President Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden keeps both sides guessing on court packing Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE.