For Immediate Release: March 21, 2017
Contact: Nina McLaughlin, email@example.com
Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas issued the following statement regarding Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s work as a new ACA replacement Healthcare plan works its way through Congress:
“Congressman Bruce Poliquin and Governor Paul LePage have both been active in urging Members of Congress to improve the ACA replacement plan which is working its way through the House. I commend both of these Maine leaders for working to improve the plan.
It is critical that Maine not be penalized for not expanding welfare, in the form of Medicaid, to non-disabled people. Maine faced a massive hospital debt left behind by the last Governor as a result of expanded welfare which was not funded. It took a creative plan put forward by Governor LePage to pay off that debt.
News from Washington is that Maine and other states could benefit from block grants which will allow State leaders, not bureaucrats in Washington, to make more decisions on how best to use Medicaid funds within our state to benefit the most needy. Furthermore the successes seen in Maine’s welfare reforms may be applied to the nation in urging work provisions for those who are not disabled and do not have children if they are to receive welfare benefits under Medicaid. These are positive steps.
I couldn’t be more proud of Maine Republicans. Our leaders embody what it means to be a Mainer: hard work leads to success.”