Confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett continued on Wednesday, with Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee drumming up fears about Barrett helping overturn the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, if she is confirmed to the court.
However, if Democrats thought they would be able to push Barrett into saying something damaging, they failed miserably.
“What’s the hurry?”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) alleged that Barrett’s confirmation was being pushed ahead so she would be on the Supreme Court in time to overturn Obamacare, Fox News reported.
“Why, what’s the hurry?” Durbin demanded to know when it came time for him to address Barrett.
He continued, “Because there is a political agenda here and whether you are privy to it, party of it notwithstanding, it has to do with the Affordable Care Act.”
He then brought up an article Barrett wrote in which she criticized the reasoning behind the Supreme Court’s ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius, the 2012 case that upheld Obamacare.
In writing his controversial majority opinion in the case, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that the penalty in the law that applies to those who do not purchase insurance is actually a tax, and therefore constitutional for the Congress to enforce, Fox News reported.
Barrett denies having “hostility to the ACA”
Barrett, however, was unfazed by Durbin’s remarks. “I think you’re suggesting that I have some hostility to the ACA which I assure that I don’t,” she replied, according to Fox News.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came to Barrett’s defense, calling out his Democratic colleagues for unfairly focusing on how Barrett might rule regarding the ACA.
“Judge Barrett will not be the decision-maker on what the appropriate approach to health care is as a policy matter,” Cruz pointed out. “I thought we were on the Health Committee instead of the Judiciary Committee.”
“I get that’s their re-election message. It’s not actually connected to reality,” the Texas senator continued, noting that members of his party also wished to protect those who suffer from pre-existing conditions.
Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino argued Monday on Twitter that this is just the Democrats’ way of distracting from the nominee. “Democrats can’t attack Judge Barrett’s qualifications, so they are falling back to pure scare tactics — the same thing they do every time they have no good argument,” Severino tweeted.