GOP ‘rushing’ Supreme Court hearings ‘not the American people’s priorities,’ Harris says

Amy Coney Barrett

And when he appointed Judge Barrett to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat, the president said that eliminating the Affordable Care Act would be, quote, "a big win for the United States of America".

"Courts are not created to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life", declared the 48-year-old federal appeals court judge, removing the protective mask she wore most of the day to read from a prepared statement.

"I am not hostile to the ACA", she told Senate Democrat Dick Durbin.

As netizens proceeded to express their opinions on Barrett's nomination, issues like the fate of the Affordable Care Act and even the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court ended up being brought into the equation.

"We can not divorce this nominee and her views from the election we are in", Klobuchar said. She has made no such commitment.

Barrett's hearing will surely get more heated in the coming days during rounds of questioning.

Ginsburg's legacy was felt throughout the hearing, with some Democrats wearing lapel pins with her likeness. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said, "The legal questions before the court this fall are entirely separate" from what Barrett wrote about in 2017, arguing that no one can predict how she would rule on this case, or any other.

If confirmed, Barrett, 48, would replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the high court.

Testifying from her office because of the pandemic, Harris said that the court is "often the last refuge for equal justice" and that not only health care but voting rights, workers' rights, abortion rights and the very idea of justice are at stake. She then began her opening remarks but was interrupted by Sen. "For millions of Americans, a future without the ACA looks like being forced to sell your house if you want to afford your health care, it looks like not having access to a doctor when you're sick, it looks like having to choose between paying for groceries and paying for medicine". It looks like 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions - from cancer survivors to people with disabilities - being charged more or denied coverage completely. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's senior Democrat.


Some Republican senators defended Barrett on the issue.

Trump himself seemed to be watching, tweeting several times about the hearing.

"The costs of providing Conner's care are astronomical", says Blumenthal. But he has not, as yet, discussed an actual health care plan.

"No, faith should not be considered", Biden said when asked whether Senate Democrats should pursue questions about Barrett's faith.

"Yes Judge, I think this hearing is a sham". Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee. Mike Lee (R., Utah) showing up in person after being cleared by his physician, a situation that Democrats worked to exploit. Tillis took part remotely, but his spokesman said he also was free of symptoms. But he said, "We do have a country that needs to move forward safely". But, he added, "This is going to be a long, contentious week".

Protesters rallied outside the Senate buildings with the hearing room largely closed to the public.

Monday's hearing comes just three weeks before the election in spite of earlier promises to wait. The event has been labeled a "superspreader" for the coronavirus.

"Senators knew from the beginning they wanted to make this as tangible to people as possible, focusing on the what's at stake message and the real-life effects of a Justice Barrett's decisions".

Democrats are embittered by the Republican decision to try to fill the seat before the coming presidential election, after in 2016 holding open until after the election a seat for which President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland in March of that year.

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