AUGUSTA – In response to the latest ruling on the Affordable Care Act from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Senate President Troy Jackson, D–Allagash, released the following statement:
“Yesterday’s ruling is the latest in a series of attacks on the Affordable Care Act, which thousands of people all across this country depend on to go to a doctor when they are sick or injured. In election after election, Americans have been clear: they want more health care, not less. The ruling by the two federal judges – handpicked by rich donors who don’t have to worry about the cost of insurance – adds more uncertainty to the lives of working-class people as we head into the heart of winter and cold season.
“In Maine, we’ve made making health care more affordable and accessible our number one priority. This year alone, we’ve stood up to ‘Big Pharma’ and passed a series of prescription drug reform laws to lower prices and increase accessibility, accountability and transparency. We passed a law to guarantee patient protections and coverage for preexisting conditions despite congressional Republicans’ continued attempts to take those protections away.
“Despite the latest attack on health care, I remain committed to making sure Maine people get the health care they deserve. In fact, I promise to fight even harder for you.”
The ACA will remain intact throughout the appeals process. Individuals who receive health care through the ACA will continue to receive coverage for the time being.