Affordable Care Act repeal

2019's Supreme Court cases to watch

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The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after Justice Brett Kavanaugh's appointment, is hearing cases that could have significant ramifications for generations to come on issues like immigration, LGBTQ employment protections and abortion access.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — kept a relatively low profile in its first term this year. But it could hand major wins to Republicans in 2020's second term, emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus as a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.

The GOP isn't worried about its Affordable Care Act lawsuit

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) speaks with US Senators John Barrasso (L), John Cornyn (R) and John Thune
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) with John Barrasso (L), John Cornyn (R) and John Thune. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Senate Republicans aren't sweating the prospect of the courts striking down the entire Affordable Care Act, insisting they'd be able to act quickly to repair the damage — despite their inability to coalesce around a replacement plan at any point over the past decade.

Driving the news: "Do I hope the lawsuit succeeds? I do," Sen. Kevin Cramer told Politico. "What I wish is we had some idea where we are going if it does succeed, as it looks more and more like it might."