Vote no on Kavanaugh

I’m a U.S. Army Veteran and single mother. In 2009 I found myself in a difficult position of trying to obtain medical coverage for my pregnancy. I tried to obtain medical insurance coverage on minimum wage and found that my pre-existing condition of being pregnant made covering the cost of my care out of reach. I was looking at $600 per month in premiums.

I was scared and felt hopeless that I wouldn’t have the right to a healthy pregnancy without insurance coverage. The last thing expecting parents should experience is the fear of not being financially able to afford the cost of their own health care, as well as their child’s care. The Affordable Care Act changed all of that to protect anyone who qualifies for affordable health care from being discriminated against if they have a pre-existing condition.

Unfortunately, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh threatens to roll back the progress that currently allows thousands of West Virginians to have affordable health care coverage that doesn’t discriminate against their health background. I urge Senator Joe Manchin to protect West Virginians, particularly those with pre-existing conditions, by voting no on Kavanaugh’s nomination and protecting access to affordable health care. Otherwise, I am fearful for the families who will find themselves in the same situation that I was in 9 years ago.

Peshka Calloway