Senate Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court Puts Americans’ Health Care in Jeopardy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6, 2018

Contact: Lucy Dagneau, (860) 966-2845

(BOSTON, MA) – Statement of Diane Felicio, interim executive director of Community Catalyst Action Fund, regarding the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We are deeply disappointed and dissatisfied the U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Kavanaugh’s known views on health care, consumer protections, reproductive and civil rights, and presidential power are a threat to millions of Americans and reason enough to oppose his confirmation. But Mr. Kavanaugh’s lack of forthrightness throughout the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation process and his sharp rhetoric following the compelling testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford only heighten our concerns that he does not possess the character, veracity and temperament to receive a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the nation.

“This confirmation process has been trying and the outcome was not what we so strongly advocated for. However, we are heartened by the courageous people who spoke out and shared their personal stories about what is at stake for their health, health care and well-being if the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade were ever to not be upheld by the Supreme Court. Moreover, Dr. Blasey Ford and those who have bravely stepped forward – often at great personal risk – to share their horrific accounts of being sexually assaulted have our deepest admiration and ongoing support.  

“Now that Mr. Kavanaugh has been confirmed, it will be incumbent on him to demonstrate that he will rule impartially and not allow the partisan rancor of the nomination process to influence his decisions. On the issue of health care, we will be keeping a close eye on his decision-making and hope he will follow Supreme Court precedent, as he indicated he would during the hearing process, and uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade should a challenge to either come before the court. Millions of lives depend on it.

“Community Catalyst Action Fund and our partners across the country will not let up on the fight to expand access to affordable, equitable care. And we will remain engaged and vigilant to protect all people, particularly those with pre-existing conditions, women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people living with disabilities and other historically marginalized populations, from any future effort to undermine their care or access to treatment."

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About The Community Catalyst Action Fund
The Community Catalyst Action Fund (CCAF) is committed to ensuring consumers are actively engaged in the decision-making that shapes our health system. That means providing consumer advocates with the support they need to participate fully and directly in the creation and implementation of laws affecting their access to quality care. It also means making sure that that candidates’ positions on health care issues are clear and understandable so that the public can make informed choices. http://actionfund.communitycatalyst.org/