BANGOR – The Maine People’s Alliance rallied for affordable treatment and an affordable vaccine for COVID-19 at Sen. Susan Collins‘ three offices across the state Thursday, including in Bangor.
People rallying Thursday stayed in cars and circled a loop in front of the Federal Building downtown, honking their horns.
This rally drew the ire of one Spring Street resident who stopped the protest twice, claiming the repeated honking disrupted his child’s sleep.
Organizers eventually agreed to ask participants to stop honking their horns.
They’re hoping any eventual treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 will be available to all, regardless of access to health insurance.
“We’re all for using taxpayer money to find a cure for COVID-19, but we want the transparency and accountability that those treatments are made affordable to everyone,” said Sonja Birthisel, a volunteer with Maine People’s Alliance.
Senator Collins‘ Office responded to the protest with the following statement:
“Senator Collins, along with the rest of the Maine delegation, voted to make testing as well as any future federally-recommended vaccine free for those with medicare, medicaid, or private insurance. That legislation is now law. Senator Collins has also called for an ACA special enrollment period so that anyone who currently lacks insurance would be able to obtain it,” the statement said.