June 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, in a video posted to his Facebook page this morning, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) criticized the secret, closed-door talks by a small handful of senators to write a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying that the Senate “can do better” for the American people.
Senator King also criticized the reported substance of the bill as being terrible for Maine, hurting rural hospitals and rural communities; skyrocketing the price of insurance for older, working class Maine people; and making coverage harder to get for people across the state – all to give a massive tax break to the wealthiest Americans.
“All of the pieces on this are wrong, and it’s being done in the wrong way. We can do better around here. We can openly debate and discuss and take some time and understand what the ramifications are, but to vote for a bill like this without fully appreciating the consequences? I don’t get it and it’s certainly not what I intend to do,” Senator King said in his video.
“So I’m going to assess and see what they come up with in the couple of days that we’re going to have to review it, but I’m not optimistic based on what the House bill and also based upon the underlying premise which is to take a lot of money out of helping people in America get health care.”
To watch Senator King’s video, click HERE.