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Trump has no replacement for Obamacare that he wants SCOTUS to nix

  • The Trump administration is supporting a lawsuit asking the courts to throw out the Affordable Care Act, even though the White House has no concrete replacement for the Obama-era healthcare law.
  • President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised a backup plan but hasn’t unveiled a detailed proposal. His domestic policy chief, Brooke Rollins, said the White House was still working on one.
  • “Obviously if the Affordable Care Act is struck down, we will be ready,” Rollins told Insider in an exclusive interview last week. “If it is not, then we’re going to continue to improve the current system.”
  • The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments next month in the ACA case that was initiated by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, which Rollins once oversaw.
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The White House’s policy shop lacks a clear replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court throws out the healthcare law. 

Brooke Rollins, the acting director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, told Insider in an exclusive interview last week that a backup plan was “being worked on” but indicated that administration officials hadn’t settled on a solution.

“Obviously if the Affordable Care Act is struck down, we will be ready,” she said. “If it is not, then we’re going to continue to improve the current system.” 

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the ACA a week after the November 3 election. The Trump administration argues the entire law, which was signed by President Barack Obama, should be wiped out, which would threaten coverage for 20 million people. 

Democrats, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, have focused on raising alarm about the lawsuit in the weeks leading up to the election and as Senate Republicans rush to confirm the third

Anthony Fauci calls Rose Garden SCOTUS event a ‘super spreader’

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the White House hosted a COVID-19 “super spreader” event as a consequence of not using face masks.

Fauci, an infectious disease expert, apparently was referring to the Sept. 26 White House Rose Garden ceremony where Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

“We had a super spreader event in the White House and it was in a situation where people were crowded together, were not wearing masks. So the data speak for themselves,” Fauci told CBS News Radio host Steven Portnoy.

Fauci is the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

White House staff rarely used masks before the recent outbreak because aides close to Trump are regularly tested for COVID-19. Many outside guests at the Barrett celebration also were unmasked and there were reportedly indoor gatherings after the event.

The White House transitioned to a new rapid-results test shortly before the event.

A significant number of attendees of the Rose Garden ceremony later tested positive for COVID-19, including Trump, who is recuperating at the White House after three nights in the hospital.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who did not wear a mask, and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who did wear a mask, both revealed they had the virus, as did a third GOP senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who was not at the event.

Former White House aide Kellyanne Conway, Notre Dame University President John Jenkins, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Pastor Greg Laurie of Riverside, Calif., are among the Rose Garden attendees who tested positive.

The chain of transmission remains murky. Trump tested positive after White House aide Hope Hicks, who reportedly didn’t attend the Rose Garden event. Ronna Romney McDaniel,

Dr. Fauci Says WH Rose Garden SCOTUS Event Was a COVID-19 ‘Superspreader’

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the White House Rose Garden event on September 26 to mark the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett was a coronavirus “superspreader.”



a group of people sitting at a table in front of a crowd: Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020.


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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020.

“Well, I think the data speaks for themselves. We had a superspreader event in the White House,” the nation’s leading infectious disease expert told CBS News Radio on Friday. “And it was in a situation where people were crowded together without wearing masks, so the data speaks for themselves.”

President Donald Trump officially announced Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court last month, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Less than a week after the White House ceremony, the president said that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the novel virus. A number of other White House staff members and Republican lawmakers who attended the event also confirmed they were diagnosed with COVID-19 as well.

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9 attendees at SCOTUS nomination Rose Garden event test positive for COVID-19

A week ago, several top White House officials mingled with guests in the Rose Garden as President Donald Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Many of those guests were seen not wearing masks, fist bumping and greeting one another in close proximity, and their seats didn’t appear to be 6 feet apart.

PHOTO: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington.

On the following Monday, nine days after the event, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed she had tested positive, becoming the ninth person who attended the affair to become infected. She said she had no symptoms and it wasn’t clear how she might have caught the virus.

On the previous Friday, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, also at the Rose Garden, announced he had tested

Pictured: Attendees of White House SCOTUS nomination ceremony who tested positive for coronavirus

The late fall afternoon was lovely. The scene at a packed White House Rose Garden to formally announce a conservative replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was jubilant. Republican senators, leading conservatives and dozens of President Trump’s top supporters and aides hugged and cheered as Trump introduced Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26.

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The ceremony, which included indoor receptions in addition to the outdoor announcement, is drawing scrutiny as a possible superspreader event as a coronavirus outbreak continues to spread through official Washington.

At least eight people who attended have tested positive for the virus. Trump is hospitalized with the disease it causes. Many of those who caught the infection were seated closely together. Scroll to see who else attended the ceremony.

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President Trump

President Trump stands with Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26 as they arrive to announce Barrett as a nominee to the Supreme Court.
President Trump stands with Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26 as they arrive to announce Barrett as a nominee to the Supreme Court. (Alex Brandon/AP)

First lady Melania Trump

President Donald Trump, center, stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as they arrive for a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump, center, stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as they arrive for a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

President Donald Trump, center, stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as they arrive for a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump, center, stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as they arrive for a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, the University of Notre Dame’s president

President Donald Trump, center, stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as they arrive for a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump,