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Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act

Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act
© Greg Nash

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Health Care: CDC expands definition of 'close contact' after COVID-19 report | GOP coronavirus bill blocked in Senate | OxyContin maker agrees to B settlement with Trump administration MORE (D-Calif.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE's decision to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court on Saturday, describing the pick as a threat to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

“For four years, President Trump has tried to crush the Affordable Care Act in the Congress and the Courts,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“This nomination threatens the destruction of life-saving protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions together with every other benefit and protection of the Affordable Care Act.”

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Trump officially nominated Barrett on Saturday afternoon, about week after the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE died from complications due to pancreatic cancer.Democrats have criticized Trump and the Senate GOP for moving quickly on a Supreme Court pick so close to a presidential election. 

Barrett, a Catholic conservative and a Trump-appointed federal appeals court judge, could potentially weigh in on an administration-backed lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act if confirmed by the Senate. 

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments for the case a week after the Nov. 3 election, on Nov. 10. 

“If this nominee is confirmed, millions of families’ health care will be ripped away in the middle of a pandemic that has infected seven million Americans and killed over 200,000 people in our country,” Pelosi added.

The speaker's comments echo those of other prominent Democrats, following Barrett's nomination. 

Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerTrump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-N.Y.) have also slammed Trump and Republicans for moving quickly on the high court pick, characterizing the move as an assault on the ACA. 

"The American people should make no mistake—a vote by any Senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans’ healthcare in the crosshairs," Schumer said Saturday.