Although she appears to speak at a political macro level during her Senate hearings, the judge’s views Amy coney barrett –Or his silence on certain issues– must be taken into account to understand how he would act in the Supreme Court, for this reason it is worrying that he avoids matters such as Obamacare or electoral law, issues that impact the Latino community.
Before moving on to the judge’s statements in the Judicial Committee, it is necessary to point out that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, has increased the ability of Americans to obtain health care, especially between communities of color, including Latinos.
According to The Commonwealth Fund, based on data from the federal American Community Survey (ACS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for the years 2013 to 2018, there was better health coverage for older adults and young boys.
“Expansions of ACA coverage have led to historic reductions in racial disparities in access to health care since 2013”, indicates the report. The gap between the Latino and uninsured white rates decreased 9.4 points.
He adds that there has been a stagnation since 2016, the year the President’s government began. Donald trump, who has sought to disappear the program.
Democrats have focused their efforts on the health issue, considering the intentions of the Trump Administration and the hearing this Wednesday, the senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont) was blunt: “Have you ever written or spoken out against the ACA?”
Barrett acknowledged criticism of the program, but argued that it was “academic.” In 2017, the judge, who was a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, opposed the 2012 position of the president of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, about Obamacare.
Before senators, he said that he had “never” made a political position on the issue, but did not elaborate on what he was referring to.
“No, I have never had the opportunity to comment on the question of politics”, he expressed. “I am not here on a mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act … I am only here to enforce the law and comply with the rule of law.”
In the case of electoral rights, these affect black, Latino and Native American voters, mainly due to changes in state legislation on identification, the purging of lists, the closure of polling places, the reduction of early suffrage and contesting eligibility, highlights the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Kristen Clarke, who is part of that Committee, told USA Today that state changes occur primarily in the absence of a federal review.
“Without that federal review process, we have literally seen rampant voter suppression efforts take over parts of the country in recent years,” Clarke warned.
Added to this problem is President Trump’s pressure on an alleged electoral fraud with the vote by mail, which has been necessary in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, which has severely impacted communities of color.
Barrett did not want to answer the senator’s question Amy klobuchar (Minnesotta) on whether voting by mail was essential for millions of Americans right now.
“That is a matter of politics on which I cannot express an opinion”Barrett said briefly.
His stance raises suspicions about how he will act should the Supreme Court decide an election controversy, if President Trump and the former vice president Joe biden they take the fight to tirbunales.
And the separation of migrant children?
Judge Barrett had a climactic moment when the separation of migrant children from their parents, a 2018 policy of President Trump that should have ended in July of that year.
The senator Cory Booker (New Jersey) questioned her “if it was wrong to separate the children” from their parents as an immigration strategy.
Despite the fact that different courts have ruled against that policy of President Trump, Judge Barrett affirmed that it was a political discussion.
“That is a hot topic of political debate in which I cannot express an opinion or be involved as a judge”, He said.
President Trump is confident that his nominee to fill the position of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be confirmed before the November 3 election. The Senate could make a decision on October 22.