FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2018
Contact: Kathy Melley, 617-791-0708
Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh is dangerous to people’s health
(BOSTON, MA)–Statement of Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, regarding today’s nomination by President Trump of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Today’s announcement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy puts the health care, consumer protections and civil rights of millions in serious jeopardy.
“As we continue to examine the background and opinions of Brett Kavanaugh, we at Community Catalyst will raise up what’s at stake and stand strong against any nominee who would roll back consumer protections or who has shown animus toward laws like the Affordable care Act that allow people to access affordable, quality health care.
“While the ACA has withstood prior challenges before the Supreme Court, dozens of congressional repeal attempts and numerous sabotage efforts led by President Trump and his allies, we know that critical cases regarding protections for people with pre-existing conditions and eligibility for Medicaid are making their way through the courts. The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh could result a rollback of consumer protections and cause millions to lose their coverage.
“We need a nominee who will protect health coverage for people with preexisting 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.
“We encourage individuals across our country to make their voices heard in the coming weeks and months. The nomination and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice is an important hallmark of our democracy, and we all have a stake.”
About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1998 with the belief that affordable quality health care should be accessible to everyone. We work in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers, and philanthropic foundations to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @healthpolicyhub.