Washington, D.C.—Today, Senate leadership received a letter spearheaded by Families USA, with over 120 national and state partner organizations, urging the Senate to carefully consider the stakes for our health care system, as it considers the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice. The signatories represent consumer, provider, faith community, labor, and other health care stakeholders. The Senate is slated to begin confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh in the Judiciary Committee on September 4.
Following is the statement of Shawn Gremminger, senior director of federal relations at Families USA:
“The next Supreme Court justice will greatly impact the laws of the United States for generations affecting the health care of millions of families in our nation. It is vital that the Senate thoroughly vets and examines how a prospective justice would approach these decisions. This letter from a wide variety of health care stakeholders urges Senate Leadership, the Judiciary Committee, and all senators to reflect on what is at stake for our nation’s health and health care system as they continue the confirmation process of Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
“In the coming years, federal courts will hear cases that will affect the basic pillars of our health care system. The Supreme Court will hold the fate of millions of people in America in its hands and the next Supreme Court justice will play a pivotal role in decisions regarding the core patient and consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, the availability of health care services for women, including contraception, the administrations’ authority to roll back coverage under Medicaid waivers, and more. Our nation needs a justice that would protect families’ health care for decades to come.”