Klobuchar Grills Barrett on Health Care, 2020 Election

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced a second day of questions Wednesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Democrats continued to focus on health care three weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Democrats again pressed Barrett over her views on the Affordable Care Act, noting that President Donald Trump has made clear he wishes to undo the Obama-era health care law. Democrats say Trump and Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm Barrett so she can be seated in time to hear a case next month challenging the health-care law. In an exchange with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Barrett insisted she never “cut a deal with the president” to work to repeal the law. “All these questions, you’re suggesting that I have animus or that I cut a deal with the president and I was very clear yesterday that isn’t what happened,” Barrett said. Klobuchar also interrogated Barrett on her work for the Republican team arguing Bush v. Gore, 20 years ago following the 2000 election dispute. President Trump has repeatedly stated he believes the 2020 election will end up being decided by the Supreme Court. Barrett said “it doesn’t make sense to her” that Trump would have nominated her for her experience on the Bush v. Gore team. But Klobuchar pointed out that if she is confirmed, the Supreme Court will have three sitting justices who worked on that case. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh also worked on behalf of the Republican party for the case. Barrett would not answer whether it would be appropriate for justices who participated in that litigation to sit on an upcoming presidential election case rather than recuse themselves. But she said she wouldn’t commit to recusing in that situation. “I think the public has the right to know that now three of these justices have worked on the Republican side on a major, major issue related to a presidential election,” Klobuchar said.

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