Senate Democrats focused on the Affordable Care Act in their opening statements during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing Monday, warning that the landmark health care law would be in jeopardy if she is confirmed.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the first Democrat to speak Monday morning, saying that Barrett’s nomination could risk health coverage for enrolled under the ACA.
“Health care coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination,” she said. “We will examine the consequences if, and that’s a big if, Republicans succeed in rushing this nomination through the Senate.”
Feinstein also referred to Texas v. California, which will appear before the Supreme Court on Nov. 10. The case could decide the fate of Obamacare, which has allowed approximately 25 million Americans to obtain health care coverage, she said. (RELATED: Feinstein Invokes The ACA As Democrats Prepare To Question Barrett)
“When he appointed Judge Barrett to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat, the president said that eliminating the Affordable Care Act would be ‘a big win for the U.S.A.,’” she said.