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Carbondale woman protests Judge Kavanaugh hearing

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A law student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was one of dozens protesting the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

Elizabeth Malone has also had epilepsy since a car accident when she was 17. Now 41, a pacemaker regulates her brain to keep the seizures at bay.

But the battery in that pacemaker is dying, and she needs a new one.

"I'm fighting for my life," Malone said.

Before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, Malone said insurance was either too expensive or companies refused to cover her due to a pre-existing condition.

"I can't just crawl in a hole and die," Malone said. "So I need insurance. My medical care is expensive."

Malone said she has other issues with Judge Brett Kavanaugh: his views on gay marriage, abortion and birth control, to name a few.

But keeping the Affordable Care Act is her biggest concern.

"They are now attacking it through the courts," Malone said.

20 states have sued, claiming the individual mandate of the ACA is unconstitutional.

Malone fears Kavanaugh will side with them.

"The current nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, does not believe that the individual mandate is constitutional," Malone said. "He has made this clear."

A couple of groups paid for her bail and her travel: the Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy. But she said it wasn't much.  

"I guarantee you if I was paid, I'd eat better," Malone said.

She also says her protest isn't about partisan politics. She has her problems with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), too.

And it's also not about payback for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, that never got a vote.

It's about her and the millions of people she fears could lose health care coverage if Judge Kavanaugh is approved.

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