WVU Law Professor Sounds Alarm on Judge Kavanaugh

 

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Jennifer D. Oliva, Associate Professor of Law and Public Health, West Virginia University College of Law, in an Opinion Editorial in today’s Charleston Gazette-Mail (Health care, lives will be affected by Supreme Court choice) warned that, “…ACA proponents are wise to be concerned about the future of health care reform in the hands of a high court that includes Brett Kavanaugh.”

The OpEd is worth a read.  Professor Oliva also warns, “Some legal experts argue that Kavanaugh might be inclined to reverse (the Kentucky Medicaid work requirements federal court decision), thereby stripping 400,000 Kentuckians of their Medicaid coverage – based on the legal theory that poor people lack standing to sue the government under the Medicaid statute.”

“In West Virginian, where over half-a-million people receive Medicaid, a legal ruling blocking access to the courts could literally cost lives.”

Professor Oliva concludes, “In sum, ACA supporters should be worried the Senate might confirm Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.  Those who live in Medicaid expansion states, including West Virginia and Kentucky, should be particularly alarmed about that possibility. The future of health care reform hangs in the balance.” (Emphasis added)

Senator Joe Manchin is encouraging West Virginians to send him their thoughts on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  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. Please let Senator Manchin know your opinion. 

West Virginians Together for Medicaid