Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09)
October 26, 2020
“As families continue to grapple with this once-in-a-lifetime health emergency, GOP senators have jeopardized the health care of millions.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement following the Senate’s vote to confirm a Justice to the United States Supreme Court with eight days remaining to vote in the presidential election:
“The Senate’s vote today confirms what we already knew: Majority Leader McConnell and Republican senators will sacrifice norms, their own stated principles and the democratic process to pack the court with judges who share their ideological beliefs. Coney Barret joins Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as the only justices in history to have been nominated by a president who did not win a majority of the votes and confirmed by senators who do not represent a majority of Americans.
“With more than 58 million votes already cast in next week’s election, all pretense offered by Republican leaders that this nomination represents the will of the people has fallen away. This rushed confirmation is an assault on democracy that sets a dangerous precedent for future Supreme Court nominations.
“This confirmation puts the health and well-being of Americans at risk. If a far-right Supreme Court declares the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, 20 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance immediately, and folks with preexisting condition will lose protections, including more than 4 million Michiganders. Insurance companies will no longer be required to cover essential preventative services like annual checkups and flu shots. What has our country come to? As families continue to grapple with this once-in-a-lifetime health emergency, GOP senators have jeopardized the health care of millions.
“It’s clear that voters nationwide believed this seat should have been filled by the winner of the presidential election, and voters in Michigan both agree with upholding these norms and support the Affordable Care Act. The Senate GOP and the White House have ignored Americans’ voices, but they cannot ignore Americans’ votes. This nomination will be remembered as a mistake, as the power-hungry flailing of an increasingly authoritarian Republican Party. I condemn the Senate’s confirmation. Let it mark a low point, and not a new normal, in our democratic process.”