Just two days after President Donald Trump formally nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his selection to fill the seat on the Supreme Court previously held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Democratic National Committee is out with a television ad in the Pittsburgh market criticizing the nomination and linking it to the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
In an exclusive to PoliticsPA, the DNC’s 1 minute spot titled, “Samanta,” highlights the story of Samantha McGovern, a mother of a child with a preexisting condition, who tested positive for COVID-19.
“There is not a day that has gone by since this started that COVID does not terrify me. Seven million people have gotten it — and three of them are in my home,” said Samantha McGovern in the beginning of the ad.
McGovern said that her daughter, who has a chronic lung disease, tested positive for COVID-19 first, then her husband and herself later tested positive as well.
“What also scares me is Donald Trump trying to let insurance companies deny health coverage or charge more because of a preexisting condition,” McGovern continued. “Trump is rushing through a Supreme Court nominee to do just that, strip away care from millions of Americans and end preexisting condition protections.”
“So many people will be living with new chronic health conditions for the rest of their lives because of Coronavirus,” McGovern said in the latter half of the ad. “In the middle of this pandemic, how can you takeaway the very protections that ensure people hurt by COVID aren’t denied coverage?”
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other high ranking Democrats have described the nomination of Barrett as Trump’s effort to repeal the ACA. While Trump and various Republicans running for office in Pennsylvania have criticized the ACA, they have fought back at the claims that they are aiming to strip healthcare coverage away from those with pre-existing conditions.
The Republican National Committee did not immediately respond with a comment on the ad.
The DNC said that the TV ad will run in the Pittsburgh media market on cable as a part of a six figure buy.