WARNING: Supreme Court Nominee Is Hazardous to Your Health
Senator Joe Manchin is encouraging West Virginians to send him their thoughts on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
A website and email address have been set up by Manchin’s office for constituents to comment on the federal judge.
Constituents can submit their views of Judge Kavanaugh through a form on Manchin’s Senate website or by emailing SCOTUS@manchin.senate.gov.
If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he will be sitting on the Supreme Court when cases are decided that could take away consumer protections for pre-existing conditions and scale back Medicaid. Literally hundreds of thousands of West Virginians could lose their health insurance coverage. The stakes are very high.
See this background fact sheet on Judge Kavanaugh.
If you have health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, or high blood pressure, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protects us from discrimination. The ACA is not perfect, but it does prevent insurance companies from denying us coverage or charging more because of our health history. That is important, because most West Virginia families are impacted by this law: 52% of our state’s population has a pre-existing condition.
But that protection is being threatened by Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. So is the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion that 175,000 West Virginians rely on for affordable health care.
A number of cases are making their way through our court system to be ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court that will strike down all or parts of the Affordable Care Act. If he is confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh may be the deciding vote.
And there is every reason to believe that Judge Kavanaugh will side with the forces that are attacking our access to health care.
Please let Senator Manchin know that you want him to vote no on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh and to support West Virginians with pre-existing conditions and West Virginians who rely on Medicaid.
You can share your opionon through a form on Manchin’s Senate website or by emailing SCOTUS@manchin.senate.gov.