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Obamacare tops Democrat agenda at Barrett hearing

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/12/20, 05:08 pm

WASHINGTON—The Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearing on Monday for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. “I believe in the power of prayer, and it has been uplifting to hear that so many people are praying for me,” Barrett said in her opening statement to the committee.

What has happened so far? Republicans, who likely have the votes to confirm Barrett, lauded her legal qualifications and background while decrying attacks against her Catholic faith. Democrats did not mention her religion. They displayed images of Americans with preexisting medical conditions and argued Barrett’s presence on the court would jeopardize the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., called Barrett a “judicial torpedo” targeting Obamacare.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s analysis of how Barrett’s nomination could affect future religious liberty cases.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 10/12/2020 06:53 pm

    "Judicial torpedo"?  There seems no end to the use of words for power rather than truth...

  •  RodC's picture
    Posted: Tue, 10/13/2020 02:32 pm

    Agreed. There are 9 justices and it takes a majority of them to "torpedo" the ACA. (Not just one, as we are led to believe.)

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 10/12/2020 08:29 pm

    Liberals gonna say what liberals gonna say. 

  •  John Cogan's picture
    John Cogan
    Posted: Tue, 10/13/2020 12:23 pm

    Supreme Court nominees used to be evaluated based on their judicial qualifications and confirmed by a bi-partisan vote of approval, even if the senators disagreed with the nominee politically. Just look at how many Republican senators (all but three) voted to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was eminently qualified. Judge Barrett is also eminently qualified, but no one will cross the aisle in her case.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 05:21 am

    Gonna stick my neck out here and make a prediction. I believe a few, possibly as many as 6, Democrat Senators will vote to confirm Judge Barrett.

    Why?  The nation's disgust for constant partisan warfare is increasing, and I would guess some Democrats have heard about it from constituents. Second, I think a few Democrats are starting to sense the wind against their Presidential candidate and platform, and are looking to start moving towards bipartisanship before the election. With some, possibly just a cynical response to a changing mood, to remain in power.  But with others, I think there may be a genuine desire to see Americans working together and accomplishing more than by discord and division. I think some are sensing an opportunity to do that with the vote on Judge Barrett.

    Maybe this is just wishful thinking. Won't be long before we find out.