Pro-Obamacare Group Says Collins Isn’t Committed to Healthcare

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, faces a new advertising campaign from a pro-Obamacare group that connects her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with Republican efforts to overturn the court’s ruling on Obamacare, The Hill reports.

“Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be a rubber stamp on his war on health care was a true test of Senator Collins’s commitment to health care,” said Protect Our Care’s Leslie Dach, which paid for the ads. “Senator Collins failed that test, and Mainers will remember where she stood when the Court rules to rip health care away from us.” 

A group of 20 Republican attorneys general have brought a lawsuit arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, but the judge presiding over the case has yet to make a decision on it.

Collins said on the Senate floor last week that she doesn’t think Kavanaugh would vote to overturn the healthcare law.

“One concern that I frequently heard was that Judge Kavanaugh would be likely to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” Collins said on Friday

“In a dissent in Seven-Sky v. Holder, Judge Kavanaugh rejected a challenge to the ACA on narrow procedural grounds, preserving the law in full. Many experts have said his dissent informed Justice Roberts’ opinion upholding the ACA at the Supreme Court.”

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