Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Statement on U.S. Senate’s Rejection of Trumpcare

Jul 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to reject Trumpcare: 

“Over the past eight months, I’ve had the privilege to hear from Mainers of all sorts about their experiences with the Affordable Care Act—from patients and their families, to providers and advocates and teachers. The rejection of Trumpcare in the Senate is a testament to their dedication and courage. I’m grateful to both of Maine’s Senators for their solidarity in rejecting this effort which would have harmed individuals and communities across our state.
I won’t stop fighting to preserve the Affordable Care Act’s fundamental consumer protections. But I also continue to recognize that the law can and should be improved. We must push toward a more accessible and affordable health care system.
We won’t solve this until Congress can sit down and have a constructive, bipartisan conversation about a path forward. There are substantive and serious disagreements. I’m a longtime advocate for a single-payer system—others would prefer to deregulate the system entirely. But we need to move beyond political gamesmanship and reform our health care system to serve the needs of our constituents, not just the wealthiest Americans or big pharma—everyone.”