“Early this morning, Senate Republicans took the first dangerous step towards dismantling the ACA without a replacement in place, jeopardizing health care coverage for 30 million Americans. Their plan to repeal the ACA without any sort of replacement – a plan opposed by 8 out of 10 Mainers – is reckless and irresponsible.
“The GOP has had six years to come up with a viable replacement for the ACA, and they have failed to do so. The budget resolution passed today as a vehicle to dismantle the ACA is essentially empty – just like their replacement plan. Despite six years of repeated attempts to dismantle even the most common-sense provisions of the ACA, we still have not been presented with a cohesive replacement. Maine people deserve to know what the plan is for their health coverage.
“What few replacement ideas we have seen from Republicans do have some common threads: They would cut taxes for the rich while increasing taxes on the middle class by taking away tax credits to purchase coverage, taking $262 million out of Mainers’ pockets. They would leave older, sicker Mainers worse off. They would, according to a recent report from George Washington University, cause the loss of approximately 13,000 jobs in Maine alone, and undermine our economic recovery. They would shift the economic burden of health care onto the backs of seniors and working families while increasing number of uninsured children.
“We applaud Senator King for voting against advancing repeal of the ACA, and speaking passionately about the devastating impact repeal would have on the lives of Maine people. While we were disappointed in Senator Collins’ vote in favor despite her repeated calls to slow down the proposed repeal, we were encouraged by her votes on defeated amendments that would have prevented the Senate from adopting legislation that eliminates protections for people with preexisting conditions; places lifetime or annual caps on care; harms rural hospitals; reduces the number of children and young adults who are insured;or harms women’s access to health care; among other provisions. Senator Collins was the only member of her party who voted for many of these amendments. We hope that Senators King and Collins continue to listen to the many, many people across Maine that we know are reaching out to them daily to share how repeal would impact their families.
“We will continue to push Maine’s congressional delegation to listen to their constituents and put people’s health and financial security ahead of tax cuts for the wealthiest households and corporations. There should not be a single vote to repeal the ACA until congressional Republicans have a comprehensive replacement plan to show the American people.”