WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - West Virginians are in Washington this week fearful for the future of their health care. The group is concerned their lives could be endangered by a new-look Supreme Court.
“People deserve access to affordable health care,” said Brianne Solomon, a public school teacher from Mason County, WV.
Solomon says she thinks her health care is under attack on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and potentially at the Supreme Court. She is lobbying her lawmakers to vote “no” on President Trump’s pick to join the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“ I’m scared. People are scared. We want to know that as working West Virginians we have access to something I believe we all deserve,” said Solomon.
The group from the Mountain State says adding Kavanaugh to the bench will pave a road to dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Patrick Morrison says if a case comes to the steps of the Supreme Court regarding the Constitutionality of the ACA, he fears coverage will be lost across West Virginia.
“It’s not just a matter of my preexisting conditions. It’s a matter of the coverage and the ability to maintain or manage the health care problems that these other families have,” said Morrison.
Jacob Redman says he is one of those with preexisting conditions. During his meetings with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), he is stressing the need to protect the state’s most vulnerable.
“Ensure that they’re taken care of if they fall on hard times like we all do,” said Redman.
A date for a confirmation hearing and vote for Judge Kavanaugh has not yet been decided.
Both Senators Capito and Manchin have met one-on-one with Kavanaugh. Capito has expressed her support saying, “Judge Kavanaugh has a clear record of interpreting the law fairly, and throughout his impressive career, he has shown great respect for the Constitution in his rulings. When he was first nominated by President Trump, he committed to be open-minded in the cases that come before him as a Supreme Court justice, and his record backs up that commitment.”