Health care supporters plan rally Monday in Augusta

Posted Jan. 09, 2011, at 3:14 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 10, 2011, at 4:46 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Efforts to repeal and legally challenge the health care reforms enacted last year by Congress are causing a stir from both sides in Maine.

Nine groups advocating for seniors, labor, women and other causes plan a rally Monday in the State House to urge Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General William Schneider to support the Affordable Care Act. Schneider has expressed interest in Maine joining a multistate lawsuit against the health care law.

The conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center and Americans for Prosperity-Maine plan a rally to urge Schneider to add Maine to the lawsuit. A rally scheduled for Friday was being rescheduled.

Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine issued a statement saying proposed legislation in Congress to repeal the reforms are a step backward.

“Repealing this law means telling the teenager with diabetes that she can’t get insurance, Pingree said. “It means telling the restaurant owner that he can’t get help to provide insurance to his employees. … As families struggle to make ends meet in the down economy, do we really want to tell them these burdens are back on their shoulders?”

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