Austin, Texas — Earlier today, Senator Cornyn and his political allies officially began hearings to rush through a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
During the hearing, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse called out Cornyn’s crusade to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and that the cynical effort “leads to one Senator’s doorstep.”
“The district judge in Texas who struck down the ACA in the case now headed for the court is a former aide to the Senator who has become what the Texas Tribune calls ‘the favorite for Texas Republicans seeking big judicial wins like torpedoing the ACA.’
“The senior senator from Texas introduced in committee the circuit court judge who wrote the decision on appeal striking down the ACA.
“Senator Cornyn has filed brief after brief arguing for striking down the ACA. He led the failed Senate charge to repeal the ACA in 2017. He said, ‘I have introduced and cosponsored 27 bills to repeal or defund Obamacare and have voted to do so at every opportunity.’
“And now, talking about socialized medicine, the old Republican battle cry against Medicare, Senator Cornyn and all of our colleagues on this committee are pushing to get this nominee on by November 10th, the time needed to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Please don’t tell us this isn’t about the Affordable Care Act.
“From Cornyn judge to Cornyn judge to this nominee, hop, hop, hop. When Texans lose their ACA health care protections, hop, hop, hop, to see whose doorstep that sits on.”
In one month, John Cornyn’s political allies will appear before the Supreme Court seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with preexisting conditions. Last month, Cornyn signaled that he supports the court overturning the ACA, telling reporters he just wants “the Constitution enforced […] That’s been the problem all along” – a clear reference to his high-profile support of prior court challenges to the law.
Should Cornyn’s allies succeed, the results would be devastating. Not only would 5 million Texans with preexisting conditions be subject to insurance company discrimination, but millions more would lose their health insurance. Texas already has the nation’s highest uninsured rate, and dismantling the ACA would be catastrophic for working Texans.
Texas Democratic Party Cornyn War Room Spokesperson Billy Begala released the following statement:
“John Cornyn was exposed for the anti-health care crusader he is. Cornyn’s fingerprints are all over the push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in the courts. The rush to confirm an anti-health care justice in time to strike down the ACA and its protections for preexisting conditions is Cornyn’s final attempt to strip millions of health care access after failing to do so in the Senate.”