This piece was originally published in the November 10, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.
“At some point, common sense, [it] seems to me, would say, ‘Huh?’”
— Justice Sonia Sotomayor, responding today to the Texas Solicitor General’s arguments against the ACA
As Trump and his backers frantically grasp at last-ditch efforts to discredit a legitimate election, there’s a big story that hasn’t gotten enough attention: Trump is STILL trying to take health care away from millions of people.
IN THE NEWS
- This morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments on a Trump-backed lawsuit that aims to end the Affordable Care Act. This would strip coverage away from millions of Americans and end protections for 135 million people with preexisting conditions. While legal experts saw promising signs that the critical law could survive, we don’t know what to expect with Amy Coney Barrett on the court.
- Senator Chuck Schumer suggested that he’ll encourage the Biden administration to take bold action on student loan debt. In a recent interview, Schumer referenced a plan that he laid out in September with Senator Elizabeth Warren which proposes a path for the president to broadly cancel up to $50,000 of student loan debt. And here’s the best part: It doesn’t require any action from Congress. President-elect Biden would be able to act unilaterally to forgive the debt, even if McConnell maintains control of the Senate.
- The number of migrant children in U.S. custody whose families have yet to be identified has increased to nearly 700. NBC News reported on Monday that in addition to the 545 kids in this situation about whom we learned last month, 100+ more are still separated from families who have yet to be found. Every day that these children are away from their families is a travesty and a stain on this country. President-elect Biden has pledged to reverse the cruel policy that led to families being separated in the first place on day one.
One last thing. We know there’s a lot of alarming news this week thanks to Trump’s failure to come to terms with the fact that he will be a one-term president. But the reality is that Joe Biden won this election fair and square. Trump will be a one-term president. And the less attention we give to their frantic lawsuits and dystopian statements, the less likely they are to have an impact.
WHAT WE’RE READING
- A Biden victory positions America for a 180-degree turn on climate change by Juliet Eilperin, Dino Grandoni, and Darryl Fears (Washington Post)
- How to Keep Fighting After Donald Trump’s Presidency Ends by Brittany Packnett Cunningham (TIME)
- Repealing the ACA Would Create Chaos for the Disability Community During a Pandemic by Rebecca Cokley (CAP)
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