Gary Zuckett: Court nominee Kavanaugh has established position against health care

August 30, 2018
    • West Virginia is a beautiful and unique place. It’s covered with steep hills and scenic landscapes. It boasts some of the tallest steel bridges and oldest rivers on the continent. It’s the “Birthplace of Rivers.” Sometimes, just soaking in the beauty of our state takes my breath away.

Despite all the beauty, there’s a threat hovering over West Virginia’s workers, women, children and families. For many of us, it’s the fear of losing our current access to life-giving health care if Brett Kavanaugh makes it to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh’s history within the health care debate is marred by his sole dissenting vote in Seven-Sky v. Holder, a landmark case upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted at the beginning of this decade. Kavanaugh disagreed with the majority’s ruling to uphold key patient protections, including those which prevent the insurance industry from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. He could vote against them again if the federal lawsuit currently challenging the ACA should reach the Supreme Court.

In less than two weeks, Kavanaugh is up for confirmation. If he’s confirmed and the ACA goes before the Supreme Court, then 800,000 West Virginians are one step closer to losing lifesaving health care protections.