Judge Amy Coney Barrett continues to play it safe by avoided Senate Democrats questions as her confirmation is imminent.
On the first and seconds days of the Supreme Court nomination hearings, Senate Democrats focused on the damage that will be done to everyday Americans if Republicans are able to jam through a nominee that will finally allow them to achieve their goals of striking down the ACA.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s record makes clear that she would likely vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Barrett has said she and Justice Antonin Scalia have the same judicial philosophy. Justice Scalia twice voted to overturn the Affordable Care Act. He wrote the dissenting opinions in NFIB v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell.
Barrett criticized Chief Justice John Roberts for upholding the law, saying in 2017: “[Chief Justice John] Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute.” Barrett also expressed disagreement with the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in King v. Burwell, where the court upheld a key component of the law, saying the dissent had “the better of the legal argument.”
President Donald J. Trump has pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices that will “terminate” the ACA. And Republicans have tried—and failed—for 10 years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They are trying to get the Supreme Court to do their dirty work for them because repealing the law is extremely unpopular with the American people.
On day three “Judge Barrett’s answers are getting increasingly scary as we move through the hearing. We already knew that Justice Barrett would undercut the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but now she’s refusing to say that even Medicare is constitutional. Medicare is absolutely critical to the health and financial wellbeing of approximately 65 million American seniors.” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed as the United States Next Supreme Court Justice on October 27, 2020.