Ann McFeatters: A Trump-packed court means more guns, fewer rights and less health care

Ann McFeatters: A Trump-packed court means more guns, fewer rights and less health care

Tribune News Service For almost everyone in America, life has changed this year. It’s about to change much more. The federal government that resides in our nation’s capital has a (well-deserved) reputation for inefficiency, profligacy and turgid responses to emergencies. But the upcoming change in the Supreme Court, coupled with immense changes in how federal agencies have been altered in the last four years, will affect the lives of most Americans in ways they might not have considered. The likelihood of many more 6-to-3 decisions, with conservatives firmly in control, has far-reaching ramifications for almost every aspect of life. A majority of Americans want gun control, environmental protection, civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, worker protections and fair, affordable health insurance. Here’s what a Trump-packed Supreme Court will provide: Guns will be more prevalent and easier to buy and carry. The Supreme Court already signaled its interpretation that unless Congress acts to restrict guns, the Second Amendment means Americans have the right to possess guns for individual use, not just as part of armed militias. The Court already has ruled that gun ownership cannot be restricted in school zones or denied for the mentally ill. Health insurance as it has evolved under the Affordable Care Act is under attack by the administration and will be decided by the Supreme Court next year. If it is ruled unconstitutional, as many conservatives hope and expect, preexisting conditions would no longer be required to be covered. That means millions of Americans who […]

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