House OKs Maine health care overhaul

Posted May 05, 2011, at 12:55 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House has approved a health care overhaul bill that seeks to ease state regulations and open the health insurance market to more competition.

The bill, which opponents claim was rushed out of committee and will not deliver on promises to lower insurance rates, was approved by a 76-72 vote.

Republican supporters say it would make insurance available to more Mainers and help businesses but Democratic opponents say the bill was sent out for a vote before most lawmakers had time to read it. The bill faces further House and Senate votes.

Democratic Rep. Sharon Treat of Hallowell compared the bill to a used car “rushed off the lot so fast that the Bondo patching wasn’t even dry.”

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