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Biden Attacks Trump for Trying to Kill ACA, Schumer Says SCOTUS Pick Will 'Tear Down' RBG Legacy

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Biden Attacks Trump for Trying to Kill ACA, Schumer Says SCOTUS Pick Will 'Tear Down' RBG Legacy

2020-09-28 18:45:39

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Joe Biden (Image source: Screenshot)

The effort on the part of Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Judiciary Chair (R-SC), and the rest of the Republicans to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is catching the ire of Joe Biden.

The Democratic presidential nominee, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is taking on the GOP process of filling the seat that is being rushed through to reach a vote before the election. With Trump nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the Democrats know they are too close to losing the Affordable Care Act with the Supreme Court hearing the case just days after the election.

"President Trump sees a chance to fulfill his explicit mission: steal away the vital protections of the ACA from countless families that have come to rely on them for their health, their financial security, the lives of those they love," said the former vice president at a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware.

"There is no mystery about what's happening here," he added. "President Trump was trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act. He's been trying to do it for the last four years. Republican Party has been trying to eliminate it for a decade." He added that the Supreme Court has already held up the law that has been dubbed "Obamacare," after the president who signed it, twice.

While McConnell refused to put a vote through for former Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick in February 2016, saying the people should decide in an election year, this time he is trying to rush Trump's pick through before the election, with seven fewer months.

"All it does matter is that they see an opportunity to overturn the Affordable Care Act on their way out the door. And as I speak, we are still in the midst of the worst global health crisis in a century, a crisis that has already taken over 200,000 lives, between 715 to 1,000 lives a day and counting," added Biden.

"Yet, the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court, right now, as I speak, to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act," said Biden, who was vice president at the time Obama signed ACA into law.

Obviously trying to raise the ire of Democrats to vote against nominating Barrett, Biden said Trump admitted this was what he had in mind when he tweeted that if the Supreme Court eliminates Obamacare, it would be a "big win for the U.S.A."

Biden said Barrett is known for "disagreeing adamantly" with the prior decisions of the Supreme Court to uphold ACA and "publicly criticized Chief Justice Roberts' opinion upholding the law eight years ago."

"Just because you have the power to do something doesn't absolve you of your responsibility to do right by the American people," he said, encouraging senators to "uphold your constitution duty. Summon your conscience. Stand up to the people. Stand up for our charity system of checks and balances."

With several senators up for election in November, Biden warned, "Americans are watching. Americans are voting. We must listen to them now. We must allow them to exercise this sacred power."

Schumer came out strong against Trump's decision to nominate Barrett as well.

"Justice Ginsburg's dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president is installed. Republicans are poised to not only ignore her wishes but to replace her with someone who could tear down everything that she built. This reprehensible power grab is a cynical attack on the legitimacy of the Court," said the Senate minority leader is a statement.

"I will strongly oppose this nomination," he added. It's one vote Biden does not need to worry about.

With McConnell having the votes to push Barrett through, Schumer predicted in a Saturday night New York press conference that Barrett would be more unpopular with Americans as they learn more about her, perhaps doing the same as Biden, reminding his fellow senators that voters are watching and listening.

"Justice Ginsburg must be turning over in her grave up in Heaven to see that the person that they chose seems to be intent on undoing tall the things that Ginsburg did," he chastised. 

Schumer further added that voting in Barrett would be the deciding vote against ACA. "The American people should make no mistake — a vote by any senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans' healthcare in the crosshairs," he said.

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