Healthcare: “Democrats’ best weapon” vs. Kavanaugh


Alexander Bolton, The Hill | The liberal base is fired up
about abortion rights, but Democratic Leader Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) will seek to emphasize access to affordable health care as much as Roe v. Wade in the battle over the Supreme Court.

In sharp contrast to the Obama era, Schumer thinks health care is the Democrats’ best weapon.

By putting the charged issue of women’s reproductive rights within the broader framework of access to health care, the matter is likely to be less polarizing in red states.

Ten Democrats face reelection this year in states that President Trump won in 2016, and four of those battlegrounds lean against abortion rights, according to a state-by-state survey by the Pew Research Center.

Another Democratic senator, who is not up for reelection until 2020, Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.), also hails from a majority anti-abortion state.

Trump announced Monday night that he would nominate Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to the nation’s highest court.

By emphasizing access to affordable health care, Schumer is also making a bid for two Republican swing votes, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), who voted against the Republican plan to repeal ObamaCare in 2017.

Collins last month urged the Justice Department to reconsider its decision not to defend ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions from ongoing litigation that could wind up in the Supreme Court.

Senate Democrats will emphasize other issues that resonate with middle- and working-class voters, such as the court’s impact on workers’ rights, money in politics and voting rights.

“I don’t think it’s going to come down to Roe v. Wade exclusively,” said Nan Aron, the president of Alliance for Justice, a liberal advocacy group, and a longtime ally of Democrats in Supreme Court confirmation fights. Read the full story at The Hill.