Rep. Poliquin’s Statement on Anthem Leaving Nearly All of Maine’s Obamacare Marketplace

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Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin released the following statement in response to the announcement from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield that they will pull out of the marketplace across Maine:

“Insurers like Anthem have continuously warned that they would pull out of the marketplace if nothing was done to fix the serious flaws in the Obamacare law, and Anthem has specifically cited support for legislation in Congress to do so,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I have offered my own 14-point solutions to Obamacare’s serious flaws and have acted in Congress to provide relief for Mainers who are suffering and will continue to suffer under the failures of this healthcare law, despite repeated inaction by the Senate.

“It is also important to note that Anthem and other insurers presented large premium increases in Maine prior to last year’s election.

“It is now time for the Senate to act on some type of plan to address the flaws in Obamacare, the ACA, and fix the law. We need a fix and the first place to accomplish that is going to be in the Senate.

“My colleague Senator Susan Collins put it well in her speech on the Senate Floor on January 23, saying in part, ‘the system created by the [Obamacare] law is under tremendous financial stress. The Obamacare exchanges are on the verge of collapse in many States. The reality is that significant changes must be made; doing nothing is not an option.’”

“It is unacceptable to do nothing. I continue to stand ready to work with anybody and everybody to act in Congress so that Mainers can be provided relief from the serious flaws of the Obamacare healthcare law.”