(UnitedVoice.com) – With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court likely in the Republican-led Senate, Democrats could have opted to take a bipartisan approach to the hearings. Instead, they appear to be using them as an opportunity to sway voters to vote Democrat in the upcoming national elections on November 3.
October 12 marked the first day of confirmation hearings for Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s September 18 death. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats zeroed in on Obamacare during opening statements with other non-committee Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) putting healthcare front and center.
President Trump is lying.
His only plan is to jam his Supreme Court nominee through this illegitimate process to rip away health care from millions and end protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 12, 2020
Barrett is expected to face tough questions regarding her opinion on a wide range of other issues: abortion, gun rights, immigration, and sexual assaults on campuses.
So, why are Democrats homing in on Obamacare? Recent polling shows healthcare is the most significant concern for Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, with 95% saying the issue is extremely or very important to their vote choice.
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on November 10 on a case, California vs. Texas, that could determine Obamacare’s future or if it even has any future in a court dominated by six conservative justices.
Looking at polling figures and the California vs. Texas hearing, it appears Democratic senators are attempting to make healthcare a wedge issue to their advantage in the upcoming November 3 elections.
Like it or not, Democrats have enjoyed some success making healthcare and Barrett’s nomination campaign issues. However, with her confirmation all but assured, perhaps Republicans should move on to other topics of importance to their potential supporters.
For example, Republican and Republican-leaning voters favor the topic of gun rights over that of healthcare. Barrett’s confirmation hearings could prove to be a perfect time for Republican Senators to highlight Barrett’s support for gun rights during her time on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. There’s no reason for Democrats to be the only ones using the hearings to gain a potential edge during the national elections.
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