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 Senator Manchin’s office for constituents to comment on the federal judge.

Constituents can submit their views of Judge Kavanaugh through a form on Senator Manchin’s website https://www.manchin.senate.gov/tell-joe-about-the-supreme-court-of-the-united-states or by mailing 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 – seniors, children, women, and those with disabilities – could lose their health insurance coverage. The stakes are very high.

If you have health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, or high blood pressure, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protects you from discrimination. The ACA is not perfect, but it does prevent insurance companies from denying coverage or charging more because of a person’s 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 could be threatened by Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.  As could 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 your opinion on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh and to support West Virginians with pre-existing conditions and West Virginians who rely on Medicaid. 

You can submit you views of Judge Kavanaugh through a form on Senator Manchin’s website https://www.manchin.senate.gov/tell-joe-about-the-supreme-court-of-the-united-states or by mailing SCOTUS@manchin.senate.gov