June 24, 2012

Maine Voices: Care reform's future not in court's hands

Even if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, there is nothing to stop Maine from working to implement the law's goals.


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A mother holds her daughter as she awaits a flu shot in Duxbury, Vt., in 2009. In Maine, more than 226,000 people received immunizations and other preventive care services over the last year with no out-of-pocket costs, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, two legislators say.

2009 File Photo/The Associated Press

If any part of the ACA is overturned, then nothing should stop us from forging ahead to carry out the goals of the law:

Making preventive care the first step toward good health.

Stopping the worst abuses by insurance companies, such as revoking insurance after you get sick or refusing to insure pre-existing conditions.

Making health care affordable as well as available.

Maine was leading the way in providing increased access to health care, improved quality of care and payment reform, and we can lead the way again. No matter what happens with the Supreme Court decision, we cannot let the profits of the health insurance industry have priority over the health and welfare of our people.

Ensuring health care for everyone is essential to the well-being of our people and the future of our economy. We're in this for the long haul, and we hope you will work with us to make it happen.

Rep. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham, serves on the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, and Rep. Sharon Treat, D-Hallowell, is the ranking Democrat on the Insurance and Financial Affairs Committee.

– Special to the Telegram


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