Moments ago, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein made her opening statement on Amy Coney Barrett.
Feinstein blasted Justice Barrett as a risk to to the Affordable Care Act and said “I believe we should not be moving forward on this nomination.”
Feinstein also pointed out the SCOTUS will be holding oral arguments on a case involving the ACA one week after the November 3 elections.
In her opening statement, Dianne Feinstein focuses on health care and Amy Coney Barrett's potential opposition to the Affordable Care Act: "This well could mean that if Judge Barrett is confirmed, Americans stand to lose the benefits that the ACA provides" https://t.co/uScvfX9o80 pic.twitter.com/eGO5bOGWwd
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 12, 2020
Feinstein’s opening statement so far all about the Affordable Care Act and the case before the court about whether the law should be dismantled – a theme Democrats plan to focus on throughout this week’s Barrett hearings
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 12, 2020
Feinstein also tweeted “This isn’t business as usual. This hearing shouldn’t be happening. But because Republicans are intent on forcing this nominee through, Democrats will show exactly what’s at stake: a nominee who will spell the end of the ACA and imperil health insurance for millions.”
Earlier in they day she tweeted “Here’s what’s at stake today: Republicans are jamming through a Supreme Court nominee who could rip health care away from millions in the midst of a global pandemic that has killed more than 215,000 Americans. Democrats will do all we can to delay or stop this process.”
.@SenFeinstein: "I believe we should not be moving forward on this nomination. Not until the election has ended and the next president has taken office."
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 12, 2020
Jonathan Turley commented “Sen. Feinstein’s opening sounds more like a legislative markup hearing for the ACA. She is detailing the benefits under the ACA to a nominee who is not supposed to legislate from the bench. The best way to emphasize apolitical judging is not to try to sell a nominee on a policy.”
John Cardillo tweeted “Feinstein is trying to sell Americans on Obamacare being a good thing when they’ve experienced the crushing premium increases. Dems really think you’re dumb.”
Feinstein is trying to sell Americans on Obamacare being a good thing when they've experienced the crushing premium increases.
Dems really think you're dumb.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 12, 2020