Jones: Trump nominee is torpedo aimed at Affordable Care Act

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is a “torpedo” aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act. In a Facebook campaign event, Alabama’s Democratic senator said he is very concerned about the potential loss of the Affordable Care Act as it faces a Supreme Court test. He said Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is aimed at securing the act’s end. “This is not about Roe versus Wade or guns as much as it is your health care for people in this country and people in Alabama," Jones said. "This nomination is nothing more than a torpedo being fired by the Trump administration to blow up the Affordable Care Act, something that they could not do legislatively.” A week after the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a bid by the Trump administration and Republican-led states to overturn former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Barrett could take part if she is confirmed and takes the place of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett, a conservative, has been critical of Justice John Roberts’ opinion in 2012 upholding “Obamacare” while Ginsburg was one of the five votes in the decision. Jones recapped some of the provisions of the ACA — such as protections for preexisting conditions, improved coverage and allowing adult children to stay on their parents’ insurance up to age 26 — that have benefited Alabamians and people across the country. “Your coverage […]

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