Minggu, 27 September 2020

Joe Biden will oppose Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett - ABC News

United States Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and fellow Democrats have made it clear their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, will focus on the possibility she could cast a decisive vote to strike down the Obamacare health law.

With Republicans controlling the Senate, Democrats have little leverage to prevent a quick vote on Judge Barrett before the November 3 election, and almost no hope of preventing her confirmation.

Instead, their attacks appeared aimed at energising their political base with an issue that is already a talking point for Mr Biden, who gave a speech on the subject in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday.

Judge Barrett could be on the court's bench for oral arguments on November 10 in a case in which Mr Trump and his Republican allies are seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — the 2010 law popularly known Obamacare.

That could cost millions of Americans their healthcare coverage as well as protections for pre-existing health conditions.

"It's no mystery what is happening here. President Trump is trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act. He has been trying to do this for four years," Mr Biden said.

A portrait of Amy Coney Barrett smiling in front of a book case
Mr Trump has picked conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the US Supreme Court. (Notre Dame University via Reuters: Matt Cashore)

In a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday, Mr Trump announced Judge Barrett, 48, as his selection to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18 at age 87.

Judge Barrett's confirmation would result in a 6-3 conservative majority on the court.

Mr Biden tied the fate of the law to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in which more than 200,000 Americans have died.

"The clear focus is: this is about your healthcare. This is about whether or not the ACA will exist. This is about whether or not pre-existing conditions will continue to be covered," Mr Biden said.

"This is about whether or not a woman can be charged more for the same procedure as a man. This is about people's healthcare in the middle of a pandemic."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in robes and a white collar sitting on an arm chair
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who became an icon for women's rights, died this month.(Supreme Court of the United States)

Mr Biden repeated his call that the winner of the presidential election should get to appoint the new justice.

Mr Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that if the Supreme Court strikes down the health law, "Obamacare will be replaced with a MUCH better, and FAR cheaper, alternative".

Mr Trump failed in attempts to repeal Obamacare when Republicans controlled the Senate and House of Representatives, and Republicans have yet to say what would replace the law.

Democratic senators on Sunday echoed Mr Biden's message, saying it would be the focus of questions Judge Barrett will face during a multi-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is due to start on October 12.


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2020-09-27 20:59:00Z

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