Democrats’ joint message following Amy Coney Barrett’s vote to keep Obamacare alive

Democrats’ joint message following Amy Coney Barrett’s vote to keep Obamacare alive
Amy Coney Barrett (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Here was the Dems’ joint message following Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s vote on Thursday to reject Republicans’ claim that a recent change in the law made the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) unconstitutional:

Justice Brett Kavanaugh also voted to preserve the law, making the only two dissenting votes those of Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

The Washington Post, rarely a publication to admit when Democrats are wrong, singled out two of the party’s “big-named” senators, Chuck Schumer and Sheldon Whitehouse, who said respectively during Barrett’s confirmation hearings that a vote for her was “a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act” and Barrett was a “judicial torpedo” aimed at that law.

They weren’t alone. Private citizen Joe Biden claimed at the time that Barrett had “said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.” He was lying, of course. Then-Sen. Kamala Harris also weighed in, claiming that “from day one, President Trump made clear that he had a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices – destroy the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting conditions and overturn our right to make our own health care decisions. … Republicans are desperate to get Judge Barrett confirmed before the Supreme Court takes up this case in November and millions of Americans will suffer for their power play.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a little more melodramatic in her statement, stating that Barrett’s “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.”

Other Democrats sounded off, making similar predictions. And now that they have been proven wrong, not a one of them is willing to come out and own up to their mistake.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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