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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was blasted online following a press conference in New York City in which he announced his opposition to President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
“The American people should make no mistake about it: A vote for Judge Barrett is a vote to take away health care and its protections for over 130 million Americans who now have protections against preexisting conditions,” the New York Democrat said, without substantiation.
He went on to claim that Barrett would also eliminate protections for 40 million people “who pay less for their drugs on Medicare,” and “close to 10 million Americans who will lose their healthcare altogether.”
“A vote for Amy Coney Barrett is a dagger aimed at the heart of the healthcare protections Americans so desperately need and want,” he added, without providing any additional information to substantiate his claim.
Democrats appear to have settled on the healthcare talking point, as evidenced by similar unsubstantiated allegations made by other members of the party including Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee charged with vetting Barrett.
“The American people need to know what’s at stake in this nomination, and what’s at stake is their very healthcare. … [W]ith Amy Barrett voting down the Affordable Care Act protections, they’ll be sitting at their kitchen tables, wondering how the heck they’re going to pay their medical bills. That’s what’s happening,” she claimed, adding that she also plans to break norms and will refuse to meet with Barrett ahead of her confirmation hearings.
At his presser, Schumer said that by nominating Barrett, “President Trump has put Americans’ health care at grave risk. As COVID-19 continues and we need more health care,” he added, Barrett’s nomination “will mean less health care for over 100 million Americans.”
In 2012, Barrett — then a law professor at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame — ripped Chief Justice John Roberts’ rationale for siding with the high court’s liberals in keeping the Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare,” intact after critics charged its individual mandate penalizing Americans if they failed to purchase healthcare insurance was unconstitutional.
“Chief Justice Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute,” Barrett noted of Roberts’ rationale that the mandate could be constitutional if it was instead interpreted as a tax — which even then-President Barack Obama argued against in an interview with George Stephanopoulos.
“Chief Justice John Roberts concluded … that the individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause,” the high court’s decision noted. But, the ruling noted further, “[Roberts] delivered the opinion of the Court … concluding that the individual mandate may be upheld as within Congress’s power under the Taxing Clause.”
Thus, Barrett’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act was because a provision of the law was unconstitutional; she didn’t oppose it to “take away” Americans’ healthcare.
In his press conference, Schumer went on to claim that Barrett would endanger LGBTQ rights — equality protections that are enshrined in the Constitution and statutory law — as well as “reproductive rights,” which refers to abortion.
Schumer’s outsized comments were widely panned on social media, with one user calling him “hysterical.”
1. She has seven kids, including one with Down’s Syndrome.
2. Crap health insurance isn’t “health care”.
— Mostly Peaceful Tom (@BoreGuru) September 27, 2020
Chuck Schumer: "Justice Ginsburg must be turning over in her grave up in heaven."
RBG isn't even buried yet.
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) September 26, 2020
The 4 Democrat overreaches that got us herehttps://t.co/IKNxGyNsYf
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 27, 2020
Schumer: “Justice Ginsburg must be turning over in her grave in heaven” 🤨
The Dogma of Secularism is strong within you, Chuck. pic.twitter.com/wrrorJWCrl
— 𝕞𝕖𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕒 🙈🙉🙊 (@my3monkees) September 27, 2020
Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 20, 2020
The first question to Chuck Schumer at his press conference needs to be "if you're concerned about the Court's impact on healthcare during the pandemic, why did you BLOCK emergency healthcare funding in the Senate 2 weeks ago?"
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) September 26, 2020
That’s right, this was @SenSchumer.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) September 26, 2020
Ah yes. I totally forgot that judges pass health care legislation.
— John Willow (@JohnathonWillow) September 26, 2020
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