Rushed confirmation of Supreme Court justice backed by Loeffler and Collins sets up “nightmare scenario” for health care law with Trump-supported lawsuit to “terminate” law’s protections
ATLANTA — Both Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins are set to join President Donald Trump today after backing his push to force through a new lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court less than two months before the election — and putting the health care law and its protections for 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions “in much greater jeopardy” in the process.
Trump, who famously promised to “terminate” the health care law through the GOP’s reckless lawsuit, is poised to pick an anti-health care Supreme Court nominee that could leave the health care law “doomed” ahead of the oral arguments in the GOP’s lawsuit coming just days after the election.
In addition to signaling their support for Trump’s rushed Supreme Court confirmation, Loeffler and Collins have refused to back down from the lawsuit pushed by his administration that could rip health care away from millions in the middle of a global pandemic. Collins has previously voted multiple times in Congress to gut the law and praised this lawsuit as a way to “overcome” the health care law and its critical protections. Loeffler, meanwhile, has promised to back Trump and Republican leadership “100%” across the board as she struggles to hold off Collins in their brutal intraparty feud.
And after new recordings revealed that Trump spent time “concealing the true threat of coronavirus” and privately admitted he “wanted to always play it down,” Loeffler and Collins still stood by the president’s botched response. Loeffler, who has her own history of downplaying the deadly pandemic alongside her unseemly stock trading in the early days of the outbreak, called the recordings “fake news” while Collins doubled-down on his praise of Trump while saying the verified recordings were somehow “all about politics.”
“Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins are willing to put health care protections for 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions at risk by forcing through President Trump’s Supreme Court pick just weeks before an election,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Instead of focusing on scoring points with the White House, Loeffler and Collins need to answer for standing with Trump’s plan to rush through a confirmation for a lifetime appointment that could threaten health care protections for millions of Americans.”