I stood in front of our state Capitol in Hartford Monday with brave Connecticut residents whose real-life stories I brought into the Judiciary Committee hearing room. As I questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett, they were present, through gripping poster images, giving a powerful face and voice to the real lives that this nominee could harm — and showing exactly why we are fighting so hard.
Among them were courageous 10-year-old Conner Curran from Ridgefield who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a horribly debilitating disease with hugely expensive treatment. So was Julia Lanzano from Cheshire, who got insurance and brain tumor treatment only because of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Both have vital care today largely because of ACA provisions that Judge Barrett would likely decimate.