According to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Democrat nominee for vice president, if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she “will take health care from millions of people during a deadly pandemic.” That’s worth at least four Pinocchios.
Unfortunately, Harris was not alone in making this claim. Her Democratic Party colleagues used their opening statements in the Judiciary Committee’s Monday hearing to claim Barrett’s elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court would dismantle the Affordable Care Act. This, they argued, would deny millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions access to affordable health insurance. Without health insurance, they claim, these individuals would be denied health care.
Democrats dramatized their claims by pointing to large photographs of some of their constituents who have health insurance, they say, only because Obamacare does not permit insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Pretty compelling political theatre, but like most theatrical