WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2019 – Following Sen. Susan Collins’s (R-ME) announcement today that she will vote against the confirmation of Chad Readler to a seat on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, AFJAC President Nan Aron released the following statement:
“Today Senator Susan Collins announced she will vote against confirming Chad Readler to the federal bench. This is the only reasonable choice for Sen. Collins, because Readler has helped lead the Trump Administration’s efforts to destroy health care protections for preexisting conditions. Now other Republican senators face a test: will they stand with the millions of Americans who have preexisting conditions, or will they vote to confirm Chad Readler? As Sen. Collins made clear, they can’t do both — and their voters won’t forget which decision they make.”
In early February, Alliance for Justice Action Campaign launched a five-figure digital ad campaign featuring videos of Republican senators, including Collins, stating that they support health care coverage for persons with preexisting conditions. The ads called on these senators to stand by their words and vote no on Readler. The other senators featured in the campaign were Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Cory Gardner (R-CO).
See the campaign announcement and videos here.