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Governor LePage Sends Senators Letter to Support Amended AHCA
March 23, 2017
For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage on Wednesday sent Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King a letter encouraging each to support the amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) supported by President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.
Governor LePage wrote in the letter, “Under my administration, Maine is leading the nation on Medicaid reform. I’m urging you to join us in the effort to repeal, replace and reform ObamaCare once and for all. The people of Maine elected you to a place on the national stage, but they expect you to represent them—not the residents of some other state. Their economic future, as well as the long-term financial stability of our state, is at stake.”
When the Governor traveled to Washington, D.C. two weeks ago, he had three simple messages for Congress and the Trump Administration. A conservative ObamaCare repeal and replacement bill must include a freeze of Medicaid expansion at least for states that haven’t expanded, a work requirement for able-bodied adults on Medicaid, and block grants instead of per-capita-caps for state Medicaid programs. The amended version of the American Health Care Act, announced earlier this week, meets these simple and commonsense requests.
Governor LePage added on Thursday that while the amended AHCA is not a one-size-fits-all solution it is a “work in progress.” Governor LePage believes the bill is a start Congress can work with in order to fix ObamaCare, which resulted in America’s broken healthcare system.
The letters are linked below.