Joe Biden has warned that Donald Trump’s choice of a new Supreme Court Justice would abolish Obamacare, reiterating his demand that a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg be not appointed until after the election.
Biden said it was known that Amy Coney Barrett, officially announced as Trump’s nominee on Saturday night, was against Obamacare.
‘[Barrett] has a written record of disagreeing with the US Supreme Court’s decision to enforce the Affordable Care Act, ”he said in a statement posted on his website.
Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump on Saturday
Barrett is a 48-year-old devout Catholic who served before Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Joe Biden warned that Barrett had a reputation for disagreeing with Obamacare
He pointed out that Trump has been “ trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act for four years, ” and that Republicans have been trying to end it for a decade.
Twice the US Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional, he said.
But even now, in the midst of a global health pandemic, the Trump administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the entire law, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
If President Trump gets his way, complications from COVID-19, such as lung scarring and heart damage, could become the next undeniable pre-existing condition.
“Today President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Judge Ginsburg’s seat.”
Biden said Barrett was a critic of a 2012 Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare.
He added: “The United States Constitution was designed to give voters a chance to make their voices heard about who sits on the Court. That time is now and their voices must be heard.
“The Senate should not take up this vacancy until after the American people elect their next president and Congress.”
Biden’s campaign soon issued a warning about the dangers of Barrett’s statements
Barrett, her seven children and husband traveled from Indiana for the event on Saturday
Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the Parliament, reiterated his concerns.
“If this nominee is confirmed, healthcare will be snatched from millions of families in the midst of a pandemic that has infected seven million Americans and killed more than 200,000 people in our country,” she said.
Every vote to confirm this candidate is a vote to dismantle healthcare. The American people will hold every senator accountable for his vote at the polls. ‘
Trump, who officially nominated the mother of seven, described her as “one of the most brilliant and gifted legal minds in our country.”
Born in New Orleans, she attended Rhodes College and received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School, where she later taught.
She lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband and seven children, two of whom are adopted from Haiti.
Conservatives have announced Barrett’s choice as the heir to Judge Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
Barrett, who worked at Scalia, shares his belief in an original interpretation of the US Constitution.
Trump added, “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, sky-high intellect, excellent credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution: Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”
Barrett was a leading candidate for the nomination as he was considered for the seat now occupied by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, which was confirmed in 2018.
The 7th judge of the US Circuit Court of Appeals met with Trump this week.
This should be a clear and quick confirmation. It should be really easy, ”Trump said with a laugh, adding,“ Good luck. It will go very quickly … We said that last time, didn’t we? ‘
Liberals fear that Barrett could diminish women’s ability to have a legal abortion, as the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade case revolved around the right to privacy, which is not explicitly set out in the U.S. Constitution.
Barrett would also replace a Jewish member of the court with a devout Catholic, bringing the number of Catholics in the bench to six.
There are nine Supreme Court justices in all.
Barrett’s faith will likely play a role in her upcoming Judiciary Committee hearings.
She is a member of the People of Praise, a small Catholic group that teaches that spouses are the heads of the family.
It was falsely reported that the group was the inspiration for Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which is now a popular television show because the term “ handmaid ” was used to describe a member’s personal adviser, if that adviser was a woman.
Members of the group also take a loyalty oath, which some legal scholars find problematic as they question the impartiality and independence of a judge.
During her 2017 confirmation hearings for a seat on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit, Barrett testified that while she was a devout Catholic, those views would not flow into her decisions on the bench.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the highest Democrat on the judicial committee, told Barrett, “The dogma lives loudly in you.”