In a huge blow to the agenda of the”deal maker” and “closer,” President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) pulled the House vote on Trumpcare this afternoon because they couldn’t get enough Republican votes to pass it. Campaigning on his skills to negotiate, future deals are in doubt because of this defeat – a major plank in Trump’s campaign from day one.
Shortly after the announcement made initially by Speaker Ryan, Maine opponents of the American Health Care Act began weighing in publicly.
“This is a huge win for tens of thousands of Mainers who made their voices heard and rely on the American Care Act and Planned Parenthood. This bill was bad from the start and got worse as President Trump and House Republicans negotiated behind closed doors. Trumpcare would have increased costs for older, rural and low-income Mainers, stripped funding from Planned Parenthood health centers and given billions in tax breaks to health insurance companies and the wealthiest Americans. Since the bill did not pass today, I hope President Trump commits to giving the Affordable Care Act the support it needs to continue protecting and covering millions of Americans,” wrote Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) in a press release issued by her office.
“Twenty-four million Americans who risked loosing their health care including tens of thousands in Maine, can now breathe a sigh of relief,” wrote Emily Brostek, executive director of Consumers for American Health Care. “Our work is not done. We must keep the pressure on lawmakers to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and make quality affordable health care a reality for all Mainers.” she concluded.
Readers can help keep the spirit of the Women’s Marches across the country alive by purchasing a souvenir bumper sticker on-line. They were the brainchild of a few women who attended the Women’s March on Washington, DC on January 21, 2017. The intent is to keep the spirit of the movement alive because clearly the Trump administration will continue to look for ways to wage its War on Women. These commemorative souvenirs can be placed on car bumpers, lap tops, lunch bags, water bottles and various other places. Visibility matters. All proceeds from the sale of these souvenirs go to benefit Emily’s List and the ACLU. They come in two different sizes and there is a generous discount for bulk purchases. For more information, please go on-line to: marchonbumperstickers.org Keep the momentum moving forward!
Next Step? Coffee mugs, T-shirts, anyone?! (See top left photo.)