A fire hose of GOP gaslighting

This piece was originally published in the October 12, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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Source: Erin Schaff, NYT

“Health care is personal.”

— Sen. Mazie Hirono

Trump’s lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act will come before the Supreme Court just one week after Election Day.

If the ACA is repealed, 20 MILLION Americans will lose their health coverage. 135 MILLION people with preexisting conditions will lose protections.

This is what’s at stake with Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Watch Senators Chris Murphy and Catherine Cortez Masto explain:

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IN THE NEWS

  • The first day of Senate hearings on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee just wrapped up. Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who himself refused to be tested for COVID-19 ahead of the hearings, insisted on holding them in person, despite the fact that two of his Republican colleagues on the committee recently tested positive after attending Amy Coney Barrett’s superspreader announcement event at the White House. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans refuse to take up a coronavirus relief bill, shirking their duties to the American people in order to fast-track this nomination.

REALITY CHECK: Let’s take a step back and remember what’s at stake here. At the front of many Americans’ minds is a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which could realistically happen shortly after the election if Barrett is confirmed. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said it best: “Repealing the Affordable Care Act is at the top of [Republicans’] hit list.”

  • Every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted at least twice — some as many as 12 times — to strip away protections for the 135 million Americans with preexisting conditions. By voting to confirm Amy Coney Barrett, they’re adding to that tally. Some, like Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), are barely trying to hide their disinterest in protecting their constituents. Days ago, Cornyn tweeted that Democrats were “overstating the problem” that would result from stripping away these protections. Ask anyone who had a preexisting condition prior to the ACA and they’ll tell you that this is no small issue. It’s the difference between being able to access insurance or not — not to mention the added challenge of being able to afford it.

Just look at the staggering gap in the number of appellate judges confirmed under presidents of both parties:

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Today is Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday that celebrates the history and vibrancy of contemporary Native cultures. According to ColorLines, Indigenous Peoples Day gained traction in the late ’90s as a result of the activism of Indigenous leaders and educators. These activists worked — and are still working — to re-educate Americans about the history of Christopher Columbus, who is often credited with “discovering” the Americas and has been widely celebrated despite the glaring atrocities he committed. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress, shared her own journey of activism and thoughts on Columbus’ legacy.

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This piece was originally published in the October 12, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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