Judge Amy Connie Barrett flips text about Democrats about health care, and notes when she has adopted her daughter

Judge Amy Connie Barrett flips text about Democrats about health care, and notes when she has adopted her daughter
Democrats questioned Amy Connie Barrett about healthcare on Tuesday and the Supreme Court nominee responded by sharing her family's personal story about access to healthcare.

Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, raised the fear that his voters could lose protection under the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court overturns the Obama-era bill during a future case.

"They are scared now," Booker said.

All I ask is, can you sympathize with that? "

Barrett, a mother of seven, including two from Haiti, brought the visit to an orphanage to adopt her daughter Vivian.

Barrett replied, "Senator, I can certainly sympathize with the people who are suffering." “I can sympathize with people who lack health care. You know, one of the things that was very surprising to me when we went to get our daughter Vivian from the Haitian orphanage was not getting basic things like antibiotics.

"It made me appreciate the fact that we have access to health care so I can definitely sympathize with all of that," she added.

While Barrett did not clarify how she would rule the Affordable Care Act case going to court on November 10, she pledged to "consider all arguments from both sides."

Democrats brought pictures of American children and patients lining up in the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing room as a reminder of what was at stake in the healthcare case.

Booker said he wanted the federal appeals judge to "understand the fear that exists in America now."

Democrats believe Barrett will vote against the Affordable Care Act because her mentor, the late Judge Antonin Scalia, has done twice before. At the White House nomination ceremony on September 26, Barrett made a point that she shared the same Scalia philosophy that a judge should apply law as written and not politics.

"His judicial philosophy is mine, too," said Barrett.

Barrett criticized Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for joining the liberal wing of the court in the 2012 case NFIB v. Sibelius that upheld the Affordable Care Act with a 5-4 decision. She wrote in a 2017 article that Roberts "pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its reasonable meaning to save the law."

She has publicly sided with the opposition, written by Scalia, in another Supreme Court case that supported Obama Kerr, better known as King v.Burwell.

"Dissent is better than legal argument," Barrett said in an interview with National Public Radio after the verdict was passed.

But Barrett told senators on Tuesday that she will take up the issue of the new Affordable Care Act without any agenda.

"I'm not here on a mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act." I'm here only to enforce the law and abide by the rule of law, "Barrett said.

Senators will continue to be questioned of Barrett on Wednesday.

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