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How Democrats stayed on message and defended Obamacare in Monday's hearing

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Senate Democrats were united in driving home one message in the opening day of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing: President Donald Trump's nominee could threaten the future of the Affordable Care Act.

(CNN)Senate Democrats were united in driving home one message in the opening day of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing: President Donald Trump's nominee could threaten the future of the Affordable Care Act.

It looks like 20 million people losing their access to potentially life-saving care in the middle of a pandemic that has killed over 214,000 Americans," Booker said.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, said people in his state are afraid of what Barrett's confirmation could mean for health care.

But, the fact the Supreme Court will hear a case on the future of the Affordable Care Act the week after the election gave Democrats an opportunity to further highlight their campaign message.

Meanwhile, Republican senators mostly stayed on their message backing Barrett, emphasizing her experience as an appeals court judge and criticizing previous Democratic comments about her Catholicism, and didn't hit back at the Democrats' health care speeches, something Trump noticed.

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