Senate Democrats opened day three of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation with new questions about how she would rule on healthcare-related cases, and a top Republican asked whether she would support cameras in the courtroom.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, questioned Barrett about her views on the legality of Medicare and Social Security, and whether she agreed with the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s view on whether Obamacare could survive without the individual mandate.
Scalia dissented with fellow Justices in 2012 when they decided Obamacare could survive even if severed from a mandated Medicaid expansion, which they struck down. The Supreme Court on Nov. 10 will hear a case that will test whether the law should survive now that the individual mandate has been eliminated from Obamacare.
Back in 2012, Scalia said the law should not survive when Medicaid expansion was ruled illegal.
“From the portion they struck