Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch said this:
In other words, Sen. Hatch knows that the Affordable Care Act will – yet again – be on trial in the nation’s court system. In fact, there are two ways this is currently happening:
- In Texas v. United States, an ongoing lawsuit, the Trump Administration has joined with Republican attorneys general to argue that protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions should be struck down.
- Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court represents a drastic attack on Medicaid. Should Kavanaugh be confirmed, he will have the chance to dramatically reshape Medicaid, transforming it into a much more restrictive program:
- Kavanaugh could allow states to impose onerous work requirements designed to make it harder for people to get the coverage they need;
- Kavanaugh could deny individuals and providers the right to sue when a state’s medicaid program isn’t complying with the law;
- Kavanaugh could exclude prevent medicaid from covering health care at planned parenthood, and
- Kavanaugh could end Medicaid expansion.
Put together, what does this all mean?
A vote to appoint Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a vote against the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and the nearly 75 million Americans covered by Medicaid, and anyone who thinks otherwise need only look to Sen. Hatch.