LePage Remarks Distract From Real ObamaCare Benefits
Fight His Obstruction of the ACA and Sign the Petition
Yet again Governor LePage has embarrassed the State of Maine.
First we have the infamous “You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo – the IRS.” A week later, when queried by a reporter if the IRS is headed in the direction of “killing a lot of people”, the governor’s response was a blunt “yeah.”
His statements, however, are not a mere case of “misspeak”.
In fact, they fall right in step with GOP obstructionism as the U.S House of Representatives voted yet again – more than 30 times, in fact, at a cost of $50 million to taxpayers – in a futile attempt to repeal the ACA.
And speaking of obstruction, the governor has stated that for now he will not move forward with ACA insurance exchanges whereby individuals can shop for affordable health plans from private companies.
He is also refusing to commit to the expansion of Medicaid putting the future health care of 27,000-plus Mainers at risk, in spite of the fact that the expansion afforded by the ACA won’t cost the state a nickel. In fact, it would save taxpayers between $65 million and $118 million over six years according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
While LePage’s remarks and inaction are offensive and outrageous, they are ultimately a distraction from the fact that millions of middle class Americans and hundreds of thousands of Mainers will benefit from the Affordable Care Act.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation a family of four in Maine earning the median income of $46,000 a year could get a tax credit that would cover nearly 80 percent of the family’s total cost of health care for the year – that’s a tax credit of up to $10,000 to help pay for health care. More than $2 million will be returned to consumers in Maine with an average of $436 per family.
In fact, just about everyone in Maine will benefit from this law — even if you already have health care insurance. Because of the law insurance companies no longer have unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women more than men. You won’t have to worry about what will happen to your insurance, if you change jobs. If you’ve had cancer or even asthma, you can’t be denied care or be charged more due to a pre-existing condition.
The ACA is a common sense solution to a problem that has plagued this country for years, one that will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of working people and by helping people to pay for critical care.
Help fight the governor’s obstructionist actions by signing this petition now urging him to implement the Affordable Care Act in a timely and responsible manner. Then volunteer in Bath or Topsham to restore a Democratic majority in the Maine House and Senate and put the brakes on our out-of-control Governor.