BANGOR- Local state representatives responded to President Trump’s attack on the Affordable Care Act.
“Now this is just a straight outright repeal. It’s adding a level of stress that people don’t need in their life,” Representative Joe Perry said.
Perry’s words echoed the words of others trying to protect the affordable care act from the president’s lawsuit.
For the last three weeks, an organization against the lawsuit named protect our care has traveled almost 6,000 miles and through 13 states, with a stop in Bangor Monday morning.
At the conference, a conglomerate of lawmakers, city and state officials and various organization officials gathered to air their grievances about what they said are potential consequences of the president’s lawsuit.
“Stripping coverage for people of pre-existing conditions, for example, especially women and those who are LGBTQ + would be disastrous. People who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other trauma, people with mental illness or other chronic diseases like diabetes would be greatly harmed,” Mable Wadsworth Center Executive Director Andrea Irwin said.
“There’s something fundamentally wrong when access to a firearm is constitutionally protected, but access to healthy care is a privilege. What’s wrong?” said Greg Marley, the clinical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness said.
One lawmaker said this lawsuit should matter to all Mainers, regardless of the political party.
“Keep the affordable care act in place, start fixing it with the pieces that are supposed to be there and make it the best program in the world. I’ve seen really good ones and their people wouldn’t give them up for anything. Let’s make ours better as we can do as Americans and Mainers,” Senator David Miramant said.