October 04, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to address threats to the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare marketplace.
“I’m rising today in sadness, but also in some anger because there’s a lot of talk about the Affordable Care Act collapsing,” said Senator King in his speech. “Mr. President, it is not collapsing – it’s being mugged. It’s being stabbed in the back. It’s being sabotaged, deliberately and consciously by the actions of the Administration. And I want to emphasize – this isn’t about ideology, it’s not about politics… this is about people.
“It’s about people in Maine. It’s about people, many of whom got care for the first time under the Affordable Care Act. Lobstermen, small farmers, small business people, individuals, finally had a shot at reasonably healthcare. It’s not perfect by any means – in fact, I’ve been working on proposals since the day I got here on how to improve it…but it is the law of the land, and the impacts on what we do here or don’t do here fall on real people.
“This isn’t about ideology, this is about seeing that the laws are faithfully executed. That’s why they call it the Administration – the Administration is supposed to administer the laws, not un-administer them. And we’re talking about people – why does anyone want to have fewer people with insurance? I’m just at a loss to understand the motivation… if you don’t like the ACA, let’s work together to find ways to improve it, change it – but figure out how to keep people with health insurance. The uninsured rate has fallen 50% since the Affordable Care Act. That’s an enormous achievement. It’s one that should be celebrated, not sabotaged.”
During his speech, Senator King listed several examples of ongoing efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. These examples include:
Senator King has been a strong advocate for bipartisan solutions to stabilize the healthcare market in order to protect those who receive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.