BANGOR-Yesterday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals announced it’s decision to overturn an Affordable Care Act mandate requiring people to have insurance.
The latest turn in the Texas v United States lawsuit has had ripple effects throughout the country.
Several Maine lawmakers reacted to what they called a “disastrous court decision”.
On Wednesday a federal appeals court from Louisiana turned down a central provision of the affordable care act, ruling that the requirement that people have health insurance was unconstitutional.
In a conference call Thursday afternoon, Maine Democrat lawmakers discussed how they felt the court’s decision would negatively affect the country.
“The consequences here are absolutely stark, the real critical piece is that it is going to strip the financial support for lower and middle-class Americans who are using tax credits to help them afford individual coverage when their health insurance is not provided by their employer,” said Senator Heather Sanborn, D-Portland.
“Make no mistake, the decision yesterday was not a new chapter, it was simply the latest chapter in an assault on the affordable care act that was launched by republicans, the day after it was enacted,” Representative Thom Harnett, D- Gardiner, said.
According to the office of governor mills, if the ACA were fully struck down, it would put nearly 230,000 Mainers at risk of losing their health insurance.
As well on Wednesday, Governor Mills denounced the decision saying
“Congress and the courts have subjected millions of Americans to uncertainty and fear over losing their health care for far too long. I urge them to end the attacks and to uphold the affordable care act.”
The lawmakers said the appeals court decision has not invalidated the rest of the law, instead, the decision has sent the case back to a federal district judge in Texas for further review.