The Daily Caller reports that Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett cleared up allegations that she and President Trump had cut a deal on Obamacare.
“As I said before, I’m aware that the president opposes the Affordable Care Act,” Barrett responded.
“Well, I know you are aware now,” Klobuchar said. “But were you aware back then? When you were nominated?”
“Senator Klobuchar, I think that the Republicans have kind of made that clear, it’s just been part of the book, public discourse,” the Supreme Court nominee responded.
“Is the answer yes, then,” Klobuchar pressed Barrett, who interrupted her.
“Well, Senator Klobuchar, all these questions you are suggesting that I have animus or that I cut a deal with the president,” Barrett told her. “And I was very clear yesterday that that isn’t what happened.”
“Republicans have spent a decade trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act,” the California Democrat said Tuesday evening.
“Donald Trump named a Supreme Court justice who would tear down the Affordable Care Act.”
“In other words, the Affordable Care Act and all its protections hinge on this seat and the outcome of this hearing,” she said.
“I believe it’s very important that the American people understand the issues at stake.”
From The Daily Caller:
Klobuchar focused a line of questioning around the Affordable Care Act Wednesday afternoon, like Democratic California Sen Kamala Harris did Tuesday evening, pressing Barrett on whether Barrett knew when she was nominated that one of Trump’s campaign promises was to repeal Obamacare.
Harris also said Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act and “all its protections hinge” on the outcome of the Barrett confirmation hearings.
Harris, who is also presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, noted that President Donald Trump has argued that the Affordable Care Act should be “struck in its entirety.” She said that the “Supreme Court could be just one vote away” from overturning Obamacare.
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