Amy Coney Barrett hearing turned in Obamacare referendum

Amy Coney Barrett hearing turned in Obamacare referendum


Senate Democrats, who have few chances to derail Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s elevation to the Supreme Court, sought to turn her confirmation hearings into a referendum on the fate of Obamacare, saying Monday that her vote in an upcoming case means “life or death” for millions of Americans who rely on the health care law.

In a coordinated attack, each Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee held up a photo Monday of an American who has health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act and who could face financial ruin or even die should the law disappear.

They also insisted that Republicans are rushing Judge Barrett’s nomination so she can be a vote to strike down the law in a case scheduled to be heard Nov. 10.

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“It is life or death for thousands if not millions of Americans,” said Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat.

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