When the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move forward with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Senate Democrats boycotted. In their places stood poster-sized photos of people the senators said would lose health care coverage if the court strikes down the Affordable Care Act.
With just a little more than a week before Election Day and with a challenge to the health care law coming before the high court, health care is on both the ballot and the docket. And for the Ohio Valley — a region with some of the nation’s worst health outcomes — the stakes are high.
“I mean people would lose their lives as a result of it,” said Ben Chandler, CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a nonpartisan research and advocacy group. “I’m personally familiar with a number of people here, right here in Kentucky, who would not be alive today but for the Affordable Care Act.”