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U.S. Senator John Kennedy 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 John Kennedy (R-LA) 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, 538,000 Louisianans would lose coverage. 

Without the ACA, 1,914,200 Louisianans with pre-existing conditions could be charged more or denied coverage altogether. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Senator Kennedy And The ACA

Kennedy has voted THREE TIMES to fully repeal the ACA.

2016: Kennedy: “Obamacare Sucks And We Need To Repeal It.” “On Wednesday, eight Senate candidates from Louisiana were invited to participate in a forum on health insurance and delivery in Baton Rouge—the candidates all believe that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has its shortcomings, and could use some changes. ‘Obamacare sucks,’ said State Treasurer and Republican John Kennedy, ‘and we need to repeal it.’” [Insurance Business, 8/5/16

2017: Kennedy Said He “Will Not Quit” Until The ACA Is Repealed. “US Sen. John Kennedy issued a statement Friday morning following the latest vote on “Obamacare” repeal in which the so-called ‘skinny repeal’ failed. ‘The vote last night is not a loss for the Republican Party. It’s a loss for the American people. Obamacare has not worked. I made a promise to the people of Louisiana, and I kept that promise last night when I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. Forty-eight other Republicans stood with me, and I want you to know I will not quit until all Louisianans and all Americans have access to affordable health insurance through a health care delivery system that looks like somebody designed it on purpose.’” [WAFB, 7/28/17