Joe Biden on Sunday accused President Trump of nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to “steal away” health care from millions of Americans by getting rid of the Affordable Care Act.
“President Trump sees a chance to fulfill his explicit mission: steal away the vital protections of the ACA from countless families that have come to rely on them for their health, their financial security, the lives of those they love,” he said during a news conference in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.
“There is no mystery about what’s happening here. President Trump was trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act. He’s been trying to do it for the last four years. Republican Party has been trying to eliminate it for a decade,” the former vice president continued, adding that the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 law twice.
But he said the Trump White House has found a “loophole” to kill Obamacare in the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18.
“All it does matter is that they see an opportunity to overturn the Affordable Care Act on their way out the door. And as I speak we are still in the midst of the worst global health crisis in a century, a crisis that has already taken over 200,000 lives, between 715 to 1,000 lives a day and counting,” Biden said.
“Yet, the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court, right now, as I speak, to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act,” the Democratic presidential nominee said.
Biden said Trump admitted his intention in a Sunday tweet that if the Supreme Court got rid of Obamacare it would be a “big win for the USA.”
“It should come as no surprise that on Saturday President Trump would nominate judge Amy Coney Barrett, and on Sunday lay out clearly what his objective is: to terminate Obamacare,” Biden said.
He said Barrett has a written track record with “disagreeing adamantly” with the Supreme Court’s decisions to uphold the Affordable Care Act and “publicly criticized Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion upholding the law eight years ago.”
Biden urged his former colleagues in the Senate to hold off on confirming Barrett and allow the winner of the presidential election to decide who should make a selection to the high court.
“Just because you have the power to do something, doesn’t absolve you of your responsibility to do right by the American people. Uphold your constitutional duty. Summon your conscience. Stand up for the people. Stand up for our charity system of checks and balances,” Biden said.
“Americans are watching. Americans are voting. We must listen to them now. We must allow them to exercise this sacred power,” he said.
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