Biden Accuses Trump of ‘Court Packing’ for Filling Current Vacancy

Biden Accuses Trump of ‘Court Packing’ for Filling Current Vacancy


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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While Republicans try to make so-called “court packing” an issue in the home stretch of this year’s elections, Democrat Joe Biden asserts that it’s Donald Trump who is guilty of the practice.

Republicans, on the cusp of installing Trump’s third right-wing pick for the Supreme Court against the majority of public opinion, appear to be increasingly agitated by the prospect that should he defeat Trump and Democrats control both sides of Congress next year, Biden could take steps to enlarge the size of the high court so as to blunt the influence of the conservative supermajority they have planned.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke animatedly during the vice presidential debate earlier this month trying to prompt Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris to answer a question, out of turn, about Biden’s plans for “court packing.”

Biden’s sided with the majority of public opinion, which says that the vacancy on the Supreme Court should be left open until after the elections and only should be filled by whomever wins the election.

At a campaign stop in the battleground state of Michigan, Biden noted that the health coverage for millions of Americans is at stake given that the one who fills the vacancy created by the death last month of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could decide whether the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obamacare”) might be struck down with a case on the constitutionality of Obamacare at issue at the high court.

Biden called the rush to fill the vacancy with Amy Coney Barrett Trump’s attempt at “court packing.”

“If they win, and that’s what this court packing going on now is about, insurers will no longer allow you to keep your kids on your policy until the age of 26 in the middle of this economic crisis. Women once again will be charged more for their health care just because they are a woman. Older folks will be able to be charged more. And as the governor said, long-term complications from COVID will become pre-existing conditions joining asthma, diabetes, even pregnancy is a pre-existing condition before,” Biden said, referring to Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer (D). “It can allow insurers to jack up your premiums or deny coverage altogether. Getting rid of Obamacare is why they are racing to get this nominee through the Supreme Court. Make no mistake about it.”

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