MORGANTOWN \u2014 U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, during his swing through Morgantown Friday, criticized West Virginia\u2019s role in a\u00a0 20-state lawsuit seeking to have the Affordable Care Act declared unconstitutional.\r\n\r\nHe remains undecided on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, saying he\u2019ll take a stance after they meet next week.\r\n\r\nManchin capped his visit with some keynote comments during a \u201cCommunity Celebration of Affordable Housing and Homeownership\u201d held at Oliverio\u2019s in the Wharf District.\r\n\r\nAt the event, put on by the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Home Loan Bank, homeowners who received affordable housing loans from local\u00a0 partner banks told how the loans improved their lives.\r\n\r\nManchin and FHLB officials presented ceremonial federal housing grant checks \u2014 from FHLB and local partners Clear Mountain Bank and MVB \u2014 to three local agencies: Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority, $451,112; the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living, $650,000; and Mon County Habitat for Humanity, $425,000.\r\n\r\nJan Derry, executive director of the Independent Living Center, said they serve an aging population living on fixed incomes in older homes. \u201cThe lack of accessible, affordable housing has become one of the biggest barriers for living the American Dream for people with disabilities and older adults.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe told of one client forced to bathe outside in his driveway with a hose once a week because he couldn\u2019t get to his tub.\r\n\r\nThe state Legislature appropriated $500,000 for its statewide Community Living Services Program, she said, but that doesn\u2019t go far when remodeling a single bathroom can cost\u00a0\u00a0 $14,000 - $25,000.\r\n\r\nWith the FHLB grants, \u201cWe are able to allow people to age in place and remain in their homes,\u201d Derry said.\r\n\r\nHomeowners who received loans from the three agencies told their stories. Teresa, widowed for 14 years now, got a home repair loan from the Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority. It paid for 19 windows and vinyl siding.\r\n\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t know what I would have done without their help. It has changed our lives. It has taken a burden off my shoulders that I had to carry by myself,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nManchin listed five promises every child should receive: Unconditional love, a safe place, a healthy start, a chance to learn a livable skill, and a chance to grow to be a loving, caring adult who can give something back. These programs play a role in that, he said.\r\n\r\nAt Senior Mons, he talked politics, including the deep partisan divide across the country and in D.C.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve got to bring people together,\u201d he said. \u201cThis country\u2019s always been based on how we can compromise and come together. Right now we\u2019re just tearing each other apart.\u201d\r\n\r\nManchin blasted the coalition of 20 states seeking\u00a0 to have ObamaCare declared unconstitutional. West Virginia is one of those 20, under Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is Manchin\u2019s Republican opponent for the Senate races.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe biggest concern I have right now is the attack on health care,\u201d he said. One result of a victory in that suit would be the end of the ACA\u2019s required coverage of pre-existing conditions, he said. That would affect 800,000 West Virginians, he said: 400,000 won\u2019t be able to get insurance, the rest will see higher rates.\r\n\r\nManchin said he introduced a Senate resolution that would authorize Senate legal counsel to intervene in the case.\r\n\r\nManchin said he\u2019ll meet with Kavanaugh on Monday. His staff has been reviewing Kavanaugh\u2019s rulings to prepare for Monday\u2019s questioning.\r\n\r\nPeople want him to declare his opinion now, he said, but that\u2019s not how the process works. He\u2019ll question Kavanaugh and listen to Kavanaugh\u2019s Judiciary Committee testimony expected in August or September in order to make an informed choice.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is the proper decorum that should be used,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nChester Ayersman, a retired city employee, complained about soaring prescription prices. Manchin said much of that is due to middle men and private sector companies that negotiate process. \u201cWe can\u2019t get them to change because the pharmaceutical companies have so much control in Washington. We can\u2019t get some of our colleagues to vote.\u201d\r\n\r\nFrank McGreevy, who took a break from his pool game and was still holding his\u00a0 cue, told Manchin: \u201cYou\u2019ve got to make sure you take care of business in Washington and vote the way Joe Manchin the West Virginian would vote, and not how the machine politics of the Democratic Party want you to vote.\u201d\r\n\r\nManchin replied, \u201cI vote West Virginia. You\u2019re my boss. \u2026 I vote more centrist than anybody in Washington.\u201d\r\n\r\nManchin also made Friday stops at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center to talk about a biomed summer camp and the WVU Hospitals\u2019 Chestnut Ridge Center to discuss its opioid addiction treatment program.