|May 8, 2017
U.S. House Passes American Health Care Act 217 to 213. Senate Vows to Start from Scratch
Maine's two Representatives took different positions on the bill with First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree opposing the bill and Second District Congressman Bruce Poliquin supporting the proposal. All Democrats voted in opposition along with 20 Republicans.
The bill will likely look much different after the Senate acts upon it or enacts its own bill and differences between the two are worked out in conference. Among the highlights of the AHCA are the following.
The House vote took place prior to the Congressional Budget Office completing its review of the fiscal impact of the proposal. An earlier version of the bill estimated that as many as 24 million individuals could lose coverage over the next few years.
MMA participated in an interview with Maine Public Radio following the vote and in a press conference with Congresswoman Pingree on Friday. MMA noted that the proposal, opposed by both the AMA and the American Hospital Association, was adverse to the interests of those individuals who are poor, sick or elderly. Its negative impact on women was also noted. MMA will work with its partners in Maine and with the AMA to oppose the bill and to work with Senators Collins and King to draft proposals that will focus on coverage for Maine people at an affordable cost with an appropriate relationship between the state and federal governments.
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