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SCOTUS Hearing: Sen. Hawley blasts Dems for ‘religious bigotry’

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Senator Josh Hawley, R-MO, on Monday criticized his Democrat colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for arguing that the Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is “too Catholic to be on the bench.”

“When you tell somebody that they’re too catholic to be on the bench, when you tell them they’re gonna be a catholic judge, not an American judge, that’s bigotry,” Hawley told his colleagues, citing Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which bans such religious tests. “The pattern and practice of bigotry from members of that from this committee must stop.”

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A number of Democrats on the Committee and members of the media have argued that Judge Barrett’s devotion to Catholicism will sway her judicial decisions if she’s confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Moreover, some have suggested Judge Barrett would position the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which allows women access to abortions.

That group of critics includes Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, who in 2017 grilled Brian C. Buescher, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, over his Catholic faith. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, another member of the Committee, joined Harris in that religious test at the time.

Judge Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump on September 26 to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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