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July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh is a Threat to the Health Care of Older Americans and Must be Rejected

Statement of Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, following President Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court:

“When President Trump vowed in 2015 to only appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he issued a serious threat to the health care of all Americans. The nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Court has done nothing to alleviate that threat.

“Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families and their access to health care, and he has promoted the overturning of well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedents.

“The Supreme Court could soon hear a case that would take away coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions by stripping away popular ACA provisions aimed at protecting them. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of all Americans have at least one pre-existing condition, including 75 percent of people ages 45 to 54 and 84 percent of people between the ages of 55 to 64.

“The President’s Supreme Court appointment will affect this country and its laws for generations. The country must protect the rights of our oldest and most vulnerable citizens. We must reject the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.”

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