Speaking via teleconference during Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, the Democratic senator and vice-presidential candidate began with a campaign speech about the importance of accessible healthcare among coronoviruses – those Americans. The numbers highlighted who would lose insurance under the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Repeats in five states where Republican senators are struggling to win re-election.
He then addressed Barrett: “Before your nomination, did you know about President Trump’s statement that was committed to nominating judges that would end the Affordable Care Act? And I would say yes or no. I appreciate the answer. ”
Barrett said that before he was nominated to the Supreme Court, he was unaware of his public statements. “I don’t remember hearing or seeing about such statements,” Barrett said.
Harris asked how many months after Barrett wrote an article criticizing John Roberts’ decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, in which he received his nomination in an appealed court.
“The Affordable Care Act and all its protections rest on this seat,” Harris said.
“I hope the committee trusts my integrity,” Barrett said, noting, as he has done throughout the hearing, that he has not made any commitment to rule the health law in a certain way.
The claims, and Barrett’s implication that he would somehow appoint the judges on public scrutiny, with the president’s emphasis, are hard to believe.
Harris, a former California Attorney General, is noted for his prosecution-style questioning. His sharp questioning of Donald Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee – now Justice Brett Kavanaugh – helped elevate his political profile.
Harris also dealt with Barrett’s views on abortion, a carefully placed case that despite Barrett’s balance and insistence that he is impartial on the issue of reproductive rights, he is far from it.
Barrett was a member of a “right to life” organization that promoted a crisis pregnancy center in South Bend, Indiana in 2016, criticized for misleading and unfairly promoting vulnerable women seeking abortions Went. She has signed an advertisement for a newspaper called Roe v Wade – Landmark 1973 that protects the right to choose – “barbaric”. A 2013 Notre Dame magazine article described a lecture series during which Barrett “spoke with his own belief that life begins at conception”.
As a federal judge, she considered three laws prohibiting abortion and expressed misgivings about the rules that broke the laws. She joined the dissent against the decision to repeal an Indiana abortion rule – signed into law by Mike Pence when the Vice President was Governor of Indiana – that fetal remains be buried or cremated.
“I would suggest that we do not pretend that we do not know how this nominee views women’s right to make or make their decisions,” Harris said. The senator noted that Ruth Beder Ginsburg, whom Barrett cited as his model for giving any indication of how to vote in future cases, contrasted Barrett with his own personal views of abortion Much was forthcoming.
Harris did not ask Barrett any direct questions about Roe Wee Wade, saying that his views had already become plain.
Harris asked the NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Planned Parenthood to file in record letters opposing Barrett’s nomination.