Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) joined her Democratic colleagues in the Senate last week to vote for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s bill to block Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department from supporting President Trump’s lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Supreme Court. The vote was 51-43, so the measure did not receive the 60 votes needed to pass.
“With today’s vote, Senate Republicans made it clear that they support terminating people’s health care during a pandemic,” Baldwin said. “They cannot be trusted to protect health care for millions of Americans, including the more than 2 million Wisconsinites with a pre-existing health condition.”
If the lawsuit led by the Trump administration’s Department of Justice is successful, millions of Americans could lose their health care coverage and their pre-existing-condition protections during a pandemic. The Supreme Court will hear this lawsuit Nov. 10. If Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is confirmed, she could participate in the court’s decision.