McConnell says a bit too much about his party’s health care problem


In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, and Donald Trump’s nomination of a conservative critic of the Affordable Care Act, the Democrats’ election-year message is obvious: Republicans are trying to tear down the nation’s health care system and strip tens of millions of families of their health security.

For his part, the president has been surprisingly eager to endorse the Democratic strategy, publicly acknowledging his eagerness to destroy the ACA, despite its efficacy and popularity. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried to argue yesterday that the public has little to fear — because he expects Amy Coney Barrett, if confirmed, would leave the ACA intact.

On the Senate floor, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Schumer argued bitterly over the confirmation. Brushing past Judge Barrett’s writings casting doubt on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the…

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