RBG’s Passing and American Healthcare

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves behind a powerful legacy of establishing legal precedents that champion equality and healthcare access for all Americans. As the public mourns her passing, many are left wondering what the implications of her death might be on the American healthcare system, especially if Amy Coney Barrett, the Trump administration’s nominee, is to replace her.

This November, the Supreme Court was expected to rule on a case that seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the ACA is repealed, American health inequity will grow: nearly 30 million Americans will lose their health insurance, and tens of millions of others may lose access to critical healthcare services. Trump’s proposed nominee is a demonstrated opposer of both the ACA and abortiona reproductive health service that women have a constitutional right to, according to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision made nearly fifty years ago.