At tonight’s NBC town hall, President Trump said “we would like to terminate” the Affordable Care Act and “we have a very good chance of doing it.” For once, President Trump is telling a partial truth. He and his Republican enablers in the Senate are jamming through the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court so they can accomplish through the courts what they couldn’t do legislatively — completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its protections for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions. One week after the election, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit that if successful, would overturn the ACA and throw our entire health care system into chaos.
And that’s where the truth ends. Trump claims they’re in the court to throw out the Affordable Care Act “in order to replace it” but the truth is there is no replacement. The bills Republicans have put forth claiming to protect people with pre-existing conditions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.