Our Supreme Court: Voting  and Health Care is at risk

Our Supreme Court: Voting and Health Care is at risk

Trump and the Senate’s push to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is not only reckless to the staff forced to work the Senate floor, but also amplifies more sinister plans. 

As of June, owing to COVID-19, 14.6 million Americans have lost their employer-sponsored health insurance. 

There is a strong link between having a job in the United States and having sufficient health insurance. In January, the Trump administration began dismantling Medicaid, the program for the poorest of the poor. When the people who have lost their health insurance try to apply for Medicaid, which was formerly a guaranteed entitlement benefit, it won’t be there. As I type this, people are being denied Medicaid.  

The Trump administration also wants to dismantle the rest of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He tried to do it using the legislative branch, but they would not allow it, so the plan is to dismantle it using the Supreme Court. 

In June of 2020, the administration joined with Texas and 17 other states to present an 82-page brief to the Supreme Court requesting the striking down of ACA for being unconstitutional. 

That case, Texas v. California, No. 19-1019, is on the docket to be heard on November 10, the week after the Presidential Election. 

Trump campaigned on repealing and replacing the ACA. Does he have a plan to replace it? No, of course not, he is not even running on a platform currently. His current platform is to rule by fiat, screw even the idea of Magna Carta.

And authoritarians do not need pesky voting, so dismantling the ACA isn’t the only plan with confirming Barnett. 

The 2013 Shelby County v. Holder ruling ripped out the heart of the Voting Rights Act.

To explain what the Shelby County v. Holder 5-4 ruling did, in short, it stated that the formula used to determine which states and localities had to follow the Section 5 protocols was out of date. In layperson’s terms. The formula that determined racial discrimination was out of date. This was a lie, because 24 hours after this ruling, a state that has been notorious at violating Voting Rights, Texas, was able to enable their Voter ID laws, which is a Civil Rights Violation. Thirty-five states now require ID to vote. 

The Voting Rights Act case up next on the Supreme Court docket is  Brnovich v. Democratic National CommitteeNo. 19-1257. A conservative ruling  on this case would do two things:

  1. Make it a crime for campaign workers, community activists, and most other people to collect ballots for delivery to polling places. (They would be able to put you in jail for it.)
  2. Would require election officials to discard ballots cast at the wrong precinct.

Both would disproportionately impact on Black, Chicano, Native American, and Borican voters. 

A ruling to ban collecting ballots for people and throwing out ballots cast at the wrong precinct would strike at the core of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 2 prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate based on race, color, or membership in one of the language minority groups identified in Section 4(f)(2) of the Act.

The health of our citizenry and the core of our democracy is at risk, and while I’m sure of the game the Republicans are playing, the Democrats, I’m not so sure. 

I want to know what the Democrat’s plans are to stop this? Do they think we need more motivation to stop this monster? And he is a monster. 

Are Democrats planning on letting the Supreme Court go, because they’ll fix that when (and if) they win the Senate? 

As of today have 216,000 deaths and no stimulus package. 

I hope Pelosi has more than a sarcastic clap up her sleeve.

Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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