WASHINGTON – Democratic Alliance senators on Monday slammed President Donald Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to Obamacare’s health care law and criticized the Republican campaign to allow him ahead of the November 3 U.S. election as the Senate Justice Committee begins its four-day guarantee.
While they have little hope of thwarting his nomination in the Republican-led Senate, Democrats are suppressing their opposition to Barrett, whose guarantees will give the court an independent majority that could lead to decisions to revoke abortion rights, increase religious and gun rights, and maintain voting restrictions, among other issues.
It was the culmination of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, the success of the home policy of former Democratic President Barack Obama that has helped millions of Americans access medical care, which focused on Democrats. Barrett has condemned a 2012 Supreme Court decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts in favor of Obamacare.
Barrett, a prestigious Trump-appointed court judge appointed by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sat at a table facing officers wearing a black mask amid a coronavirus that has killed an estimated 215,000 Americans. Her husband and seven children were sitting behind her, wearing protective masks.
“It is not surprising that the state, which has failed to respond to the epidemic, is rushing with a judge who they believe will vote to end health protection,” said Democratic Alliance Senator Chris Coons.
Barrett is likely to be in the Supreme Court during the November 10 trial in which Trump, who ran in the by-elections against Democratic Alliance opponent Joe Biden, and other Republicans sought to shut down Obamacare.
“This source could say that if Judge Barrett is confirmed, Americans will lose the ACA’s profits,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a senior Democrat on the committee.
The hearing began with the managers making the opening statements. Barrett will make his own opening statement later on Monday and will face questions from senators on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The hearing is a milestone ahead of a full Senate vote in late October in confirming his lifelong career in court. The Republicans have a majority of the Senate at 53-47 so Barrett’s confirmation seems almost certain.
The important provision of Obamacare that can be excluded unless the court sets it down prevents insurance companies from agreeing to report to people with pre-existing health conditions. In the auditorium, Democrats showed pictures of patients who could lose their health care if Obamacare was beaten, with senators recounting their individual stories.
Repeated Republican attempts to eliminate Obamacare in Congress have failed, and Republicans have taken their efforts to court.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said the Democratic focus on health care and other policy issues showed they were not opposed to Barrett’s qualifications for justice.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the committee, opened the hearing and said “it will be a long week of controversy.”
“Let’s make it respectful. Let’s make it a challenge. Let’s remember, the world is watching, ”added Graham.
“This is probably not a coincidence, unless something really happens. All Republicans will vote yes and all Democrats will vote no, ”Graham said.
Democrats have criticized the verification process in the run-up to elections, with Senator Patrick Leahy saying the integrity of the judiciary is at stake. Leahy has criticized the Republican “mad rush” for closing the gap.
“They see the power to take the courts to be independent but to make them the right hand side with the Republican Party, which has the power to achieve in the courts what they have failed to achieve with votes in Congress halls. Also at the top of the dead list is the Affordable Care Act, ”said Leahy.
Graham acknowledged that Senate Republicans four years ago had refused to take action against Obama’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy because it was election year, and that no Supreme Court nominee had a vindication process that was too close to the election.
“I feel like we’re doing this constitutionally,” Graham said.
Due to health concerns amid the epidemic, some senators are participating far away. Republican Senator Mike Lee visited in person nine days after revealing that his head had been tested for coronavirus, and arrived wearing a light blue surgical mask. He removed the mask while giving his opening statement.
Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic Alliance’s vice-president who nominated Joe Biden, is among the participants.
Republican Senate leaders have rejected a Democratic plea for a delay in hearings after two members of the Republican Justice Committee and Trump himself were diagnosed with coronavirus in the days following the September 26 event at the White House where the president announced Barrett as a nominee.
Barrett is a devout Catholic who has spoken out against abortion. Longtime Christian activists hope that the court will reverse the historic decision of Roe v. She even had an official abortion nationwide.
Republicans want to portray Democrats as Barrett’s attackers for religious reasons, even though Democrats have failed to do so throughout the process of verification.
Speaking to reporters in Delaware, Biden said Barrett’s Catholic beliefs should not be taken lightly as the Senate is considering his affirmation. Biden was the first Catholic president of the U.S.
“The nominee said he wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The President wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ”Biden said. “Let’s keep our eye on the ball.”