Mainers celebrate defeat of Republican health care repeal

Mainers celebrate defeat of Republican health care repeal

Dozens of health care advocates visited all six district offices of Senator Susan Collins across Maine on Tuesday to thank her for her decision to oppose the latest iterations of Republican health care repeal legislation. They applauded her recent statements as well as the early and steadfast support of Sen. Angus King in ensuring continued access to health care for millions of Americans.

“We urge our senators to continue rejecting any health care plan that can endanger the lives and livelihood of Mainers. We expect Senator Collins to continue to put the needs of Mainers before her caucus,” said Marie Follayttar Smith, a co-founder of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, which helped to organize the visits. “Medicaid expansion is essential, not Medicaid destruction. Health care should not be reduced for low and middle income Mainers, while taxes are cut for the rich.”

A last-ditch attempt by Senate President Mitch McConnell to pass a repeal-only plan apparently died on the vine yesterday when three Senate Republicans joined all their Democratic and independent colleagues in opposition.

“We won this round because of the hard work of dedicated activists across the country, many of them folks getting involved in civic life for the first time,” said Maine People’s Alliance Bangor-area organizer Sam Portera. “But this fight isn’t over yet. This bill is like a boss in a video game; every time you think it’s dead it comes back stronger than before. Let’s make sure we’re ready for the next attack.”

Photos: Mainers at congressional offices in Portland and Lewiston on Tuesday.


You might also like

health care

Despite vetoing it five times, Gov. LePage has no idea how health care expansion works

Either Governor Paul LePage has been operating under some false assumptions about the costs and benefits of accepting federal funding to expand health care in Maine as he has vetoed

money in politics

Rep. Poliquin shows Super Bowl clips, urges GOP to regroup on health care repeal

Following the narrow failure of the health care repeal vote in the U.S. Senate last week, some members of Congress, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, have argued that Republicans will


Will 37,000 Maine families get left behind in corporate tax cut deal?

As soon as today, there may be reports of a major tax deal that would extend or even make permanent numerous tax breaks for businesses. Also on the table, but