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Amy Coney Barrett says she’s ‘not hostile’ to Obamacare despite previous criticisms of it in her academic career

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a woman sitting at a table: Judge Amy Coney Barrett at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images


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Judge Amy Coney Barrett at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

  • Amy Coney Barrett emphasized her lack of antipathy toward the Affordable Care Act during her confirmation hearing Tuesday.
  • “I am not hostile to the ACA,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Democrats have focused the bulk of their questioning on an upcoming Supreme Court case that could overturn the law, reflecting their worries that Barrett would be the deciding vote as President Donald Trump promised to appoint justices who would dismantle Obamacare.
  • During her three years as a circuit court judge in Chicago, Barrett has not faced any cases involving the Affordable Care Act, but she has written academic criticisms on aspects of Obamacare.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts “pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute,” Barrett wrote in 2017.
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Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday gave an adamant defense against the notion that her appointment to the Supreme Court would spell doom for the Affordable Care Act’s key protections, saying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “I am not hostile to the ACA.”

Democrats have dedicated the majority of their questioning to whether Barrett would vote to overturn key provisions of Obamacare in an upcoming Supreme Court case involving the constitutionality of the law’s individual mandate provision, which the court upheld in 2012 in a 5-4 vote.

Barrett has not faced any cases involving the ACA in her three years as a circuit court judge in Chicago, but she has written against certain provisions in the bill during her time as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.

In 2017, she wrote that Chief Justice John Roberts “pushed the Affordable Care

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‘She’s been a superstar’: tearful Dettori pays tribute to retired Enable | Horse racing

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An emotional Frankie Dettori said he had cried when the decision was finally taken to bring down the curtain on the extraordinary racing career of Enable, whose retirement was announced on Monday morning.

A sopping wet surface at Longchamp last week killed off her chance of an unprecedented third success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but she is the only horse to have achieved three wins in Ascot’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and Dettori was aboard for all but the first of her 15 victories.

“I did cry last night,” the 49-year-old jockey said. “It was a bit of an emotional moment because we were still thinking about rolling the dice one more time. So it was a blow.”

Although the Arc was widely expected to be Enable’s final outing, she still held entries for races at Champions’ Day this Saturday. Hopes that she might have a final run in England were sustained when she was spotted on the Newmarket gallops last week.

“I had to emotionally accept it,” Dettori said. “But I woke up this morning, I was fine. Now that I know that she’s safe and she’s gone, I’m able to slowly be touched by emotions and just look at the wider picture. She’s done so brilliant for all of us and I love her. I’m never going to forget her. I went to see her this morning. We had a tremendous journey for three and a-half, four years. She was the horse that most touched my heart.”

Asked to pinpoint the memory that would stand out most in his mind in the years to come, Dettori picked Enable’s win in last year’s King George, when she prevailed by a neck over Crystal Ocean, who had been a winner under Dettori at Royal