Amy Coney Barrett has spent her entire life in a conservative bubble. That's a problem. - 2020-10-14
Amy Coney Barrett, by now, should be familiar with the ongoing crisis in American health care. Or at least with its most aggrieved faces: In three days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her nomination to the Supreme Court, Barrett has listened as Democrats have compiled nearly magazine-length profiles of Americans who stand to lose their health insurance should Barrett vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act in a case currently pending before the court.
Just how did this coordinated display move the 48-year-old Barrett? That was how Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) focused his line of inquiry on Tuesday. "As an act of empathy, can you understand the fears that are exhibited by the people we put up?" he asked. "All I'm asking is, can you empathize with that? Can you understand that?"