Senate Republicans’ Move Denies Americans Scrutiny of Brett Kavanaugh’s Concerning Views on Health Care and Presidential Power

August 10, 2018
Contact: Kathy Melley, (617) 791-0708
(BOSTON, MA) -- Statement of Rob Restuccia, executive director of the Community Catalyst Action Fund, in response to today’s announcement by Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) that Senate hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin on September 4.

“We are deeply troubled by today’s announcement that hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin September 4th, well before the Senate and the public has had sufficient time to thoroughly review and understand his record when so much is at stake. Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the high court would threaten to put the health care, consumer protections, and reproductive and civil rights of millions in serious jeopardy. In nominating Kavanaugh, President Trump has selected someone who would deliver on his campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and overturn Roe v. Wade, tipping the balance on the Supreme Court in favor of right-wing extremists for decades to come.
“As with any nominee to the high court, Americans deserve a detailed and thorough vetting of his views, judicial opinions and work records. Given Kavanaugh’s far-reaching views on executive privilege, it is even more critical for people to hear directly from him, in his own words, his views on presidential power, the ACA, Roe v. Wade and civil rights. Yet with today’s announcement, it’s clear the Senate GOP leadership is putting partisan politics above the health of millions of American families by denying the public the information they want and need and instead rushing toward confirmation of a candidate who holds many views far out of the mainstream.
“We need a Supreme Court nominee who will protect health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals and people living with disabilities in any case that comes before the Court. Brett Kavanaugh is not that nominee. Once his views get a fair and clear airing, we believe many Americans will share our concerns and make their voices heard. We hope elected officials will be responsive to what they’re hearing from their constituents.
“We call on Senators on both sides of the aisle to reject this deeply unpopular and divisive nominee.”
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.