In the Senate Judiciary hearings before the lunch break, the Democrats focused relentlessly on the threat Barrett poses to the ACA. I don’t know if voters will notice, but Papaya Pinochet got awfully defensive on Twitter:
We will have Healthcare which is FAR BETTER than ObamaCare, at a FAR LOWER COST – BIG PREMIUM REDUCTION. PEOPLE WITH PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL BE PROTECTED AT AN EVEN HIGHER LEVEL THAN NOW. HIGHLY UNPOPULAR AND UNFAIR INDIVIDUAL MANDATE ALREADY TERMINATED. YOU’RE WELCOME!
Republicans must state loudly and clearly that WE are going to provide much better Healthcare at a much lower cost. Get the word out! Will always protect pre-existing conditions!!!
As those of us who’ve been paying attention know, Trump started claiming he would replace the ACA with a better, cheaper healthcare plan in 2015 and has done exactly jack and shit since then except undermine the healthcare people already have and threaten to use far-right judges to throw tens of millions off their healthcare — during a pandemic with mass unemployment. He’s got no credibility on this or any other issue.
I think this is a good strategy for the Dems. Senator Whitehouse was a highlight from the morning’s statements:
WATCH: @SenWhitehouse lays out Senator Cornyn and Senate Republicans’ years of fighting to destroy the ACA and how they would be responsible for millions losing coverage and protections if Judge Barrett strikes it down. pic.twitter.com/BQk8xZf8kp
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) October 12, 2020
So was Senator Klobuchar:
Amy Klobuchar says the American people are the only thing that can alter Barrett's hearings: "It is you calling Republican senators and telling them enough is enough, telling them it is personal, telling them they have their priorities wrong. So do it" https://t.co/uScvfX9o80 pic.twitter.com/O2yTFqMocy
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 12, 2020
My two senators are Republican snakes, but I called them anyway. It went to voice mail. Maybe that’s a good sign? Open thread.