Stand up Susan

Thursday at 11 AM at the Maine State House Welcome Center, Protect Our Care will launch the “Stand Up Susan” campaign to urge Senator Collins to continue standing up for Mainers’ healthcare, and to continue standing against partisan repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In time of heightened Washington dysfunction, Mainers need a bipartisan solution now more than ever.

Last week, President Trump outlined a budget that includes “a two-step approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare, starting with the enactment of legislation modeled closely after the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, as soon as possible.”

Washington politicians have tried and failed to pass partisan legislation like the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill. Senator Collins has already taken a decided stand against D.C. deadlock, and she must continue her track record as a dealmaker to get Mainers a common-sense solution to healthcare. Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson and hyperpartisan bills like it would have damaging effects for Mainers, including:

● Ripping health care from 161,000 Mainers
● Slashing $180 million for health care programs in Maine
● Spiking premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, including a premium increase of $4,340 for patients with asthma and a $17,320 premium surcharge for pregnancy
● Increasing the number of uninsured veterans
● Allowing insurance companies to charge five times more for patients over 50 years old – dubbed the “age tax” by the AARP

After several failed Republican attempts at repeal, approximately 57% of Americans say that the Affordable Care Act is a good thing and want Congress to protect their care.

Despite Congress’s repeated failure to repeal the ACA because of public support for the law, the Trump administration has consistently acted to sabotage Americans’ health care behind closed doors:

● Ended Cost-Sharing Reimbursement (CSR) payments – a blatant attempt to undermine the ACA’s individual marketplace and send premiums soaring
● Slashed the advertising budget for open enrollment in the individual marketplace by 90 percent
● Cut the length of the 2017 enrollment period in half

In spite of this sabotage, almost 12 million Americans signed up for health coverage through the ACA’s individual marketplaces in 2017 – sending a message to Washington that the people want their representatives to preserve their care, not sabotage it.

The benefits of the ACA and the ways that the law has improved the lives of hardworking people across the United States cannot be ignored:

● Young people can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they are 26, including 8,000 in Maine
● Insurance companies can no longer deny treatment because of a pre-existing condition
● More than 20 million people have gained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act since 2010
● The number of uninsured veterans fell from 9.1% before passage of the ACA to 5.5% by 2016

Mainers are tired of D.C. dysfunction. They want Senator Susan Collins to stand up for bipartisan solutions that deliver real results to address healthcare.