On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the nominations of Chad Readler and Eric Murphy to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Both Readler and Murphy have proven too extreme for Ohio, with combined records of working to roll back healthcare protections, to strip Ohioans’ of their voting rights, to deny Ohioans their right to marry, and to eliminate reforms to hold Ohio charter schools accountable. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) opposed both nominees when they were first announced by President Trump last year and continues to oppose their nominations today.
Ahead of their confirmation hearings, Ohioans deserve to understand Murphy and Readler’s records on the issues that matter to Ohio families.
This week, the Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is outlining the harmful and radical records of the respective judges. Today, we will underscore the nominees’ records of pursuing harmful policies that threaten healthcare coverage for Ohioans, including working to roll back the Affordable Care Act and restrict access to contraceptives for women. Read more about Readler and Murphy’s records on healthcare below:
Last December, a Texas judge ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, threatening the healthcare of millions of Americans. At the center of this lawsuit is Chad Readler, one of President Trump’s nominees to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a political appointee at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Readler signed the legal brief declining to defend the Affordable Care Act, and instead challenging current provisions in the law, including protections for patients with pre-existing conditions protections in the Affordable Care Act (Texas v Azar).
In June 2018, Chad Readler supported efforts to allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage or charge sky-high rates for people with pre-existing conditions.
Readler signed the brief after three career attorneys with the DOJ refused. In fact, one resigned in response to the egregious action. HELP Committee Chairman, Lamar Alexander called the DOJ brief that Readler submitted “as far fetched as any he’s ever heard.” The very next day after he signed the brief Readler was nominated by President Trump to serve as a Judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
v More than 5 million Ohioans under age 65 have a pre-existing condition – which is nearly half the state.
v More than 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are at risk because of the lawsuit Readler supported, according to reporting by the Washington Post.
More background information on Readler’s unprecedented efforts to take away healthcare for millions of Americans can be found HERE.
Fighting for Big Tobacco
As an attorney representing the R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company, Jones Day attorney Eric Murphy actively worked to prevent a family from receiving a financial settlement after the family learned smoking cigarettes lead to their loved one’s death. After a jury had awarded the family $7.8 million, Murphy stood on the side of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and argued the appeal in front of a district court in Florida.
Working to Restrict Women’s Access to Healthcare
Murphy filed an amicus brief in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., siding with employers that sought to deny women access to healthcare as part of the Affordable Care Act. Murphy has a long history of representing employers who refused to provide access to women’s healthcare services, including the Catholic Diocese of Nashville and the University of Notre Dame in cases that were both dismissed by the respective courts for lack of standing.