Six Republican senators on Thursday supported an attempt by the Democrats to prevent the Trump administration from interfering in a Supreme Court case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act in the early stages of a controversial Supreme Court nomination process.
Senators Susan Collins from Maine, Joni Ernst from Iowa, Cory Gardner from Colorado, Martha McSally from Arizona, and Alaskan Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski broke their ranks and voted to prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from supporting a lawsuit, which is due to be heard in the Supreme Court on November 10, which could scrap the ACA, also known as Obamacare.
Five of the six senators are up for re-election this cycle and face highly competitive races, along with criticism from Democrats for supporting Trump’s move to abolish the ACA, they are not supporting their voters with pre-existing terms.
Ernst, Gardner, and McSally have supported efforts to repeal the ACA in the past and may seek to distance themselves from the GOP, which despite constant attempts to repeal the Health Act is not an alternative to the ACA.
Murkowski and Collins are the only two Republican senators who have said they would not vote to endorse Trump’s controversial Supreme Court candidate, Amy Coney Barrett, who has been a vocal critic of Obamacare in the past.
Top Democrats, including presidential candidate Joe Biden and House majority leader Nancy Pelosi, made maintaining the ACA a focal point of the November elections.
The procedural vote, which was tactically scheduled by minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to force Republicans to take a public stand on pre-existing terms, received 51 votes, nine fewer than for the Laws to be passed.
57%. That’s the percentage of Americans who disapprove of the government’s attempt to overthrow Obamacare, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation in July.
House majority chairwoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said the appointment of Barrett to the Supreme Court was tantamount to overturning Obamacare and warned Republicans that doing so would result in devastating election losses in future elections.
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Lindsey Graham, chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the Barrett’s confirmation hearings would begin October 12. The vote will follow soon thereafter.
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