During a panel discussion, Christie noted that the Democrats had warned that a Supreme Court vote on Barrett’s adoption in the fall of 2020 would be a death knell for Obamacare – and the 7-2 ruling proved them otherwise.
“Conservatives on the court don’t want the court to be a legislature,” Christie said of Barrett and her voice, adding, “Amy Coney Barrett certainly has an opinion on Obamacare. But she didn’t let that stop her from influencing her voice. “
The ABC panel also discussed a possible resignation of Judge Stephen Breyer, who drafted the majority opinion on the recent Obamacare case. Some progressives have encouraged Breyer, 82, to step down to ensure President Joe Biden can choose a successor.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell had refused to allow a vote on President Barack Obama’s candidate in 2016 (when McConnell was the Senate majority leader) and has hinted that he could do the same if he were majority leader again in 2023 and 2024.
Both Christie and former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said regardless of the proposals, the decision rests with Breyer. And Emanuel added that the Supreme Court justices – like when it comes to voting decisions – are not easily influenced.
“In my own experience, when you try to speak to members of the Supreme Court,” said Emanuel, “it usually goes the other way.”