June 28, 2012

Health care ruling: Statements from Maine’s delegation

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers today issued the following statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare.

"The skyrocketing cost of health insurance is a grave concern for our families and businesses, and this issue needs to be addressed in order to get our economy moving again. But, just like Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, I disagree with the President's plan.
"The solution to our health care crisis is not more government control of such a large sector of our economy. The solution lies in giving families and businesses more control over their health care and putting consumers back in charge.
"We also need to level the playing field by making sure families and individuals have the same tax benefits that businesses have in order to make health insurance more affordable.
"I am disappointed in the Supreme Court's ruling today because I, like most Americans, do not believe the federal government has the right to force anyone to purchase a product.
"Today's Supreme Court decision makes this Senate race more critical than ever. The Court's ruling makes it clear that the President's plan amounts to a massive tax increase. Maine people need a Senator who will provide a voice for businesses and families as we address this critical issue."


Calling it a decision that will protect the lives of millions of Americans, U.S. Senate nominee Cynthia Dill lauded the Supreme Court today for leaving largely intact the sweeping health care law championed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

Justices voted to keep in place the measure requiring that all Americans be insured, in an effort to begin chipping away at spiraling costs in the U.S. health-care system.

"I'm thrilled the court upheld the decision," Dill said. "I have obtained a copy of the ruling and am poring through it. But I certainly am glad Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against, and that the world's richest nation thinks it's important to protect the well-being of its citizens."

"The Affordable Care Act is a much needed law that provides basic health care to Americans where the free market failed to. Millions who are benefiting from the law will continue to, and not be held hostage to business decisions affecting whether they live or die. Seniors on fixed incomes are saving money on prescriptions and checkups. Insurance companies will no longer set arbitrary lifetime caps on benefits that put millions of Americans one car accident or heart attack away from bankruptcy.

"As U.S. senator next year, I will work to strengthen the law, and to reform the current fee-for-service system that creates the wrong incentives. I also believe we should go further in ensuring that Americans don't have to choose between health care and bankruptcy, though better cost controls, increased reliance on preventive care, decreased reliance on fee-for-service models, and, ultimately, a universal single-payer system."


Senate President Kevin Raye on the Supreme Court Ruling:

"Today's Supreme Court ruling means it is up to the voters to elect a Congress and a President who will repeal a flawed and unworkable 2,700 page law rammed through with the kind of heavy-handed partisanship that disgusts the American people and has left Washington broken and dysfunctional. It is now clear that, if the law stands, it entails an unprecedented coercive new tax on the American people. Congress has a responsibility to start over and work together to enact true bipartisan health care reform that will give working families more choice and flexibility and help reduce the cost of health insurance without exploding the deficit, burdening struggling small businesses and destroying American jobs.

"Among those reforms should be measures to: establish Association Health Plans so small businesses can pool together to negotiate lower rates; allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines; make it easier for Americans to keep health coverage if they lose or change jobs; ensure guaranteed access for those with pre-existing or chronic conditions; and provide consumers with choice and access to clear information about health care options available to them. 

"I am eager to get clarification of one potentially encouraging aspect of the Court's decision that may help us achieve needed MaineCare reforms by striking down ObamaCare's troubling provision requiring states to spend more on Medicaid at a time when states are struggling with budget shortfalls."

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