June 28, 2012

Mainers react to ruling upholding health care law

From staff reports

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— Maine People's Alliance health care organizer Jennie Pirkl: "The law has been proven constitutional. It's time for Governor LePage and Republicans in Maine's Legislature to accept this decision, stop playing political games and get to work implementing health care coverage under the law. In the next session, state leaders should implement a strong health insurance exchange through the Affordable Care Act that works for Maine people, and not just the insurance companies.

"Establishing a strong health care exchange in Maine should be the next step in the direction of more affordable and accessible care and could put us on the road toward a single-payer system and truly universal health care coverage."

— U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree, D-Maine: "The Court made the right decision in preserving the basic consumer protections in the health care reform law—like letting young people stay on their parents' policies or preventing insurance companies from canceling your coverage when you get sick. The court did the right thing by ruling in favor of consumers instead of siding with the big insurance companies."

— State Rep. Sharon Treat, D-Hallowell, ranking Democrat on the Insurance and Financial Services
Committee: "The action by the court today is an incredible victory for the millions of Americans and tens of thousands of families across Maine, who will soon be able to afford to get the care and medication they need.... Now that we have a decision, it is time for people to put aside the politics and posturing. We must roll up our sleeves and make sure Maine people get the access to affordable health care that they need."

— State Rep. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham, a retired family physician who serves on the Health and Human Services Committee: "People should never have to go bankrupt because of illness or injury, or die of a treatable disease. Now, we can finally put aside the politics and focus on fixing the health care crisis in our country and our state . . . ObamaCare put our nation on the right track by prioritizing prevention, stopping the worst abuses by insurance companies, such as revoking insurance after you get sick or refusing to insure pre-existing conditions or discriminating against women; and making health care affordable for families and businesses."



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