Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett continue through Thursday. (Rachel Malehorn/Wikimedia Commons)
October 13, 2020
CONCORD, N.H. — Health care advocates say the fate of the Affordable Care Act is on the line, as the first day of Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up.
President Donald Trump’s nominee would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court. Marissa Padilla was principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. She said if Coney Barrett is confirmed before the high court hears a case on the ACA on November 10, the law could fall.
And that would have major consequences for New Hampshire.
“Repealing it could threaten coverage for more than 570,000 Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions,” Padilla said. “Repealing the ACA could also kick more