Harris, Joe Biden’s Democratic running mate, posed a few questions to President Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominee during what more-closely resembled a roughly 30-minute campaign speech.
“Right now the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans are urging the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act and all of its patient protections,” Harris said.
“Republicans are scrambling to confirm this nominee as fast as possible because they need one more Trump judge on the bench before Nov. 10 to win and strike down the Affordable Care Act,” she went on. “This is not a hyperbole. This is not a hypothetical. This is happening.”
Harris said it was justified to question Barrett’s impartiality on the ACA, since she has already criticized the Supreme Court for upholding the health care law and because Trump has expressed interest in finding judges to dismantle it.
She asked whether Barrett had been aware of Trump’s comments on finding the right judges. Barrett defended herself stating she has never pledged to anyone on how she would rule on the ACA.
“I have never made a commitment; I have never been asked to make a commitment,” Barrett said, “And I hope the [Senate Judiciary] Committee would trust in my integrity not to even entertain such an idea, and I wouldn’t violate my oath if I was confirmed and heard that case.”
Barrett said if she was confirmed and heard the case she would consider all the individual protections Congress when debating their constitutionality.