Will Perdue and Loeffler Vote for Another Anti-Health Care Judge?

May 6, 2020

Walker set to be the latest reckless and rubber-stamped judge elevated by McConnell and Trump

Atlanta — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a nomination hearing for Judge Justin Walker to be elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, despite his previous “not qualified” rating for his current position by the American Bar Association and his record of attacks on the health care law. Yet even with his reckless, anti-health care views, Perdue and Loeffler are both set to rubber-stamp another judge for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a lifetime appointment.

Walker has previously called the law that protects access to coverage for over 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions “catastrophic” and “remains bitter” about the 2012 Supreme Court ruling upholding the law, calling the decision “indefensible.” His comments come as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on a new case that could overturn the entire health care law and end its critical protections for millions of Americans

Perdue so far hasn’t voted against a single Trump judicial nominee under McConnell’s leadership, including another six in addition to Walker who were rated “not qualified” for their lifetime appointments. Loeffler, meanwhile, has promised to stand with McConnell and Republican leadership “100%” — a promise she has so far fulfilled by refusing to vote against a single nominee, including the recent confirmation of “ideologically extreme” Judge Andrew Brasher.

“Judge Justin Walker was rated ‘not qualified’ when he was tapped for his first judicial position — and his reckless record on a number of key issues including health care hasn’t gotten any better since,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Walker would be a disaster for Georgians’ access to care, and any votes to confirm him to a lifetime position by Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler would be a slap in the face to 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions.”


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