Democratic presidential nominee Biden, also a practicing Catholic, told reporters ahead of a campaign trip to OH that he doesn't think "there's any question about her faith". Republicans and Democrats made pointed arguments from the outset, with Democrats unifying around a strategy of focusing on the 2010 health care law, an issue that helped them in the last midterm elections, and Republicans accusing Democrats of jumping to conclusions and wrongly trying to turn the court into an arm of the legislature.
Republicans said that such allegations were unfounded, given that Republicans universally support policies such as a guarantee that insurance will cover pre-existing conditions, a provision of the ACA.
Every single Democrat on the committee brought with them a photograph and a story of at least one constituent for whom the Affordable Care Act had made a difference. Her nomination offers the chance to entrench a conservative majority on the court for years to come with Trump's third justice.
Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, talked about constituents "Merritt and Michelle". Estimates suggest between 53.8 million and 133 million Americans have a pre-existing condition that could make them uninsurable if the ACA is struck down.
Klobuchar also cited Barrett's criticism of the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare, warning Americans that "your health care is on the line". "It looks like 20 million people losing their access to potentially life-saving care in the middle of a pandemic that has killed over 214,000 Americans", Booker said.
Democrats repeatedly accused Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee of hypocrisy after they blocked former President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for almost a year before trying to confirm Barrett in time for the November election. "As a mother of seven, Judge Barrett clearly understands the importance of health care". "They're scared that your confirmation would rip from them the very health care protections that millions of Americans have fought to maintain, and which Congress has repeatedly rejected eliminating", Leahy said.
"I believe in the power of prayer and it has been uplifting to hear so many people are praying for me", she told the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's senior Democrat. Dick Durbin responded: "Pretty surprising, huh?"
"The dogma lives loudly within you", Sen.
"It's something we're all hearing".
"Yes Judge, I think this hearing is a sham". "It's such a powerful message because it's rooted in the real world and what we're hearing and seeing when we go home".
"Even though I would not like the result, would I understand that the decision was fairly reasoned and grounded in the law?" she said.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who blocked Garland's nomination as the Judiciary chairman under Obama, also said in 2018 that he would not consider a Supreme Court confirmation in Trump's final year but on Monday claimed that he only meant that if he was still the chairman of the committee.
"If I'm confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia, you would be getting Justice Barrett", she said. This president wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.