U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett stunned supporters on Thursday when she sided with the high court’s majority in a 7–2 ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.
According to the Washington Examiner‘s Nicholas Rowan, Democrats screeched and protested over then-President Donald Trump’s nomination of Barrett to the nation’s highest court last September, arguing that she was a partisan activist who “would sink Obamacare.”
“If this nominee is confirmed, millions of families’ healthcare will be ripped away in the middle of a pandemic that has infected 7 million Americans and killed over 200,000 people in our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed last fall during Barrett’s confirmation hearings in the Senate, as the Examiner reported.
The justice’s latest decision, Rowan argued Friday, makes clear that Barrett is voting based on the law, not on her own personal politics.
“Thoughtful, independent jurist”
In fact, many Republicans may have wished Barrett had been more partisan in her latest ruling, but her vote on the matter would have made little difference, given the strong majority.
What’s more, the latest challenge to Obamacare was fundamentally flawed, and Justice Barrett’s vote against it sends a clear message to America that she deserves her spot.
As Rowan argued, she’s anything but the partisan monster that the histrionic Democrats claimed she was.
“There was nothing in Justice Barrett’s career as a judge or a scholar that suggested she would be remotely sympathetic to the arguments presented in this case,” Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, told the Examiner reporter.
“In her brief time on the court, Justice Barrett has shown herself to be a thoughtful, independent jurist who carefully considers the merits of the cases before her,” Adler added.
“That was crazy talk”
Rowan also spoke with Carrie Severino, president of Judicial Crisis Network, who said criticism against Barrett from Democrats during her confirmation hearings last fall was purely partisan.
“That was crazy talk, and the Left knew it,” Severino said.
But should we expect an apology from Pelosi and others on the left? I wouldn’t hold my breath.