Democrats think health care issue could derail Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court pick


WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — Senate Democrats are launching a public relations campaign against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee over fears Judge Brett Kavanaugh will help dissolve the Affordable Care Act.

“Will he protect pre-existing conditions, will he protect Medicaid?” said Sen. Chuck Schumer during a news conference on Wednesday.

During the news conference, the Minority Leader introduced several Senate Democrats who’ve vowed to question Judge Kavanaugh’s views on requiring insurance companies cover Americans with pre-existing health conditions. 

Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings are not expected to begin until September. However, Senate Democrats are eager to build up opposition to his nomination before then.

The future of health care may also be a deciding factor for moderate Senate Republicans considering supporting Mr. Kavanaugh’s nomination. Brad Woodhouse, with the pro-Obamacare group Protect Our Care, said he expected his political action group to focus its attention on typically conservative states. 

“We’re going to make a lot of republicans feel the heat on this, because in every single state people care about this issue,” said Mr. Woodhouse.

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