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Democratic vice presidential nominee explains how millions could lose health insurance.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris was in North Carolina Monday, where she criticized President Donald Trump’s efforts to appoint a new judge to the Supreme Court with less than 50 days to the election.

In a short speech, Harris said that the American people should get to have a voice in who is appointed to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away in mid-September.

“Look it’s not complicated, the voters would simply like to have an opportunity to vote for their president before the Senate votes on a nominee,” Harris explained. “That’s not too much to ask, but President Trump and his party are not interested in hearing the will of the people.” 

In 2016 when Justice Antonin Scalia died, Senate Republicans refused to even hold hearings for then President Barack Obama’s nominee, arguing that it was too close to the presidential election. That was in February. But with a Republican in the White House, Senate Republicans now say they are fine with filling a seat a mere weeks before the election.  

“Almost a million Americans have already voted and more will vote this week and next week,” Harris said. “But President Trump and his party don’t care, they just want to jam this nomination through as fast as they can, it’s called raw power.” 

Harris noted that Trump and members of the GOP have vowed repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case about overturning the healthcare law just days after the election. 

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If the law is repealed, it would strip tens of millions of Americans of health insurance coverage. 

“And it’s happening at a moment when our country is suffering through the ravages of a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives in our country,” Harris said.

Repealing the ACA would also remove protections for pre-existing conditions and other regulations that help get more people insured. 

“It’s a decision that could take away health care for 20 million Americans,” Harris said. “It’s a decision that could toss out the rule that says children can be covered on their parents’ health care up to the age of 26. All of that will hurt the millions of Americans who have come to rely on the Affordable Care Act.”

Harris went on to encourage citizens to vote and criticized Republican moves to make it more difficult to vote. Implementing barriers to voting, like purging voter rolls and enacting strict voter ID laws, make it harder for people to cast a ballot and can skew election results. 

“After the people of Florida voted to grant formerly incarcerated citizens the right to vote, Republican officials enacted a modern day poll tax to make it harder for those citizens to exercise that very right in this upcoming election,” she said. “But you see, there’s the thing–he knows he can’t win if the people vote.” 

Harris closed her remarks by encouraging citizens to keep working and to not get discouraged. 

“I know that it feels sometimes like this is just too much, too much for us to take, too much for our country to take. I think that’s what they want you to believe. They want you to feel tired. They want you to feel like your fight doesn’t matter,” Harris said. “But we will not give up. And we will not give in.”