PORTLAND – U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud released the following statement tonight after learning that Gov. Paul LePage vetoed bipartisan legislation that would use federal funding to provide health insurance to nearly 70,000 Mainers.

 “Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature came together to support a bipartisan compromise, led by Assistant Senate Minority Leader Roger Katz, that would have provided thousands of hardworking Mainers health insurance,” Michaud said. “Gov. LePage has said ‘no’ to a plan that would have helped Maine’s economy, protected rural hospitals, created nearly 4,500 jobs and helped to improve the lives of men and women who work, but can’t afford health insurance.”

 According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, Maine would save $690 million by participating in the health care expansion. In addition, the federal government has committed to paying 100 percent of the expansion for the first three years.

 “I worked with other members of Maine’s delegation and many of my colleagues in Congress to assure that the state would be treated fairly and benefit from the Affordable Care Act. It’s my hope that the Legislature can come together, put partisanship aside and support a common sense plan that will save lives and strengthen Maine’s economy,” Michaud said.

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