Obama: It’s OK for Maine to take health care dollars while suing to stop law

Posted Dec. 14, 2011, at 8:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even as the state of Maine is suing to stop implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, it has accepted nearly $6 million from the federal government to implement the law. And Obama says that’s OK with him.

“I see nothing wrong with them taking the money to plan for it,” Obama said, speaking to WCSH6′s Pat Callahan. “My expectation is that, setting the politics aside, when we have a bunch of exchanges set up all across the country, including in Maine, where people can be part of a big pool that negotiates better deals with their insurance companies, and see their premiums actually starting to go down, and aren’t barred because of pre-existing conditions, they’re gonna be really happy that Maine prepared to set up something that will protect families from bankruptcy in case they get sick.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/12/14/politics/obama-its-ok-for-maine-to-take-health-care-dollars-while-suing-to-stop-law/ printed on November 23, 2014