Dems criticize Trump, defend Obamacare, on hearing's first day

Monday, October 12, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Amy Coney Barrett sworn in first dayAmy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, witnessed Senate Democrats blast President Trump and praise the Affordable Care Act during the first day of the weeklong nomination hearing.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, used their opening statements to remind Democrat colleagues of their anti-religious screeds during recent hearings and all but dared them to impose a “religious test” on the nominee.

Democrats stayed away from that topic and instead kept hitting on a pivotal court hearing on Obamacare that is set for oral arguments Nov. 10, ten days after Election Day, when Barrett is likely to be seated on the court. 

Democrats linked Obamacare to Judge Barrett because she has criticized the high court’s two earlier major rulings, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein pointed out that Barrett has said Chief Justice John Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act “beyond its plausible meaning” in order to save the law.

“This well could mean that if Judge Barrett is confirmed,” Feinstein predicted, “Americans stand to lose the benefits that the ACA provides."

Senate Democrats used their opening statements to share heart-tugging stories of people who were helped by the Affordable Care Act but their think-of-the-children tactic drew scorn from political observers. 

“Republicans believe the Supreme Court exists to defend the Constitution,” Ben Shapiro commented via Twitter. “Democrats believe the Supreme Court exists to ram through their policy agenda.”

In a live radio interview shortly before the hearing began, White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern predicted Democrats would steer from Barrett’s legal credentials and instead resort to “fear mongering” over health care.

“It’s an age-old tactic from the Left,” he told American Family Radio, “to claim that nominees of Republican presidents are going to do something bad about health care.”

Morgenstern made his comments on the “Sandy Rios in the Morning” program.

Barrett was also permitted to give an opening statement. 

 "The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People," she told senators. "The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try."

She also expressed thanks to Americans "from all walks of life" who have reached out to her after President Trump announced her as the nominee. 

"I believe in the power of prayer," she said, "and it has been uplifting to hear that so many people are praying for me." 

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