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U.S. Senator Ben Sasse Rushes to Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court, Refuses to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

By October 12, 2020No Comments

Judiciary Committee member U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) has made his opposition to the Affordable Care Act crystal clear by voting time and again to repeal the health care law and by supporting California v. Texas, the Trump administration’s lawsuit to completely dismantle the health care law. If successful, the lawsuit would throw our entire health care system into chaos by ripping away health care from more than 20 million Americans and ending protections for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions, all in the middle of an ever-worsening pandemic. Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm anti-ACA Judge Amy Coney Barrett in hopes she will help them accomplish their decade-long goal of eliminating the law — and the protections it provides for Americans — when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in California v. Texas one week after the election. 

What’s At Stake If The Supreme Court Overturns The ACA

If Trump’s lawsuit to overturn the ACA is successful, 75,000 Nebraskans would lose coverage. 

Without the ACA, 789,700 Nebraskans with pre-existing conditions could be charged more or denied coverage altogether. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Senator Sasse And The ACA

Sasse has voted FOUR TIMES to fully repeal the ACA.

2014: Sasse: “Look, Obamacare Is Arguably The Worst Law In Our History.” “Look, Obamacare is arguably the worst law in our history. But it’s been four years since it was passed, and Republicans still haven’t offered an alternative. Of course we need to repeal it, but we also need to tell people what we’ll do next.” [Sasse For Nebraska YouTube, 1/4/14

2017: In A Letter To President Trump, Sasse Urged Him To Move Quickly On ACA Repeal: “You Campaigned And Won On The Repeal Of Obamacare. So Did Every Republican Senator.” “If we don’t get to agreement on a combined, comprehensive ObamaCare repeal and replace plan by that day, I humbly suggest that you publicly call on the Congress to do two things: (1) to immediately repeal as much of ObamaCare as is possible under Congressional budget reconciliation rules, and then (2) to cancel the scheduled August state work period and instead to spend that month working through regular order, six days per week, writing a health reform package with a vote to be scheduled on Labor Day. You campaigned and won on the repeal of ObamaCare. So did every Republican senator. We should keep our word.” [Ben Sasse Press Release, 7/30/17]