Maine health care advocates gathered at the Lewiston Public Library on Friday to announce a new public campaign to hold Rep. Bruce Poliquin accountable for his votes to strip health care from tens of thousands of Mainers, increase premiums and harm Maine seniors.
Speakers included Liesha Petrovitch, a small business owner from Norway whose family's health was threatened by Rep. Poliquin's vote. Liesha's story will be featured in commercials that will run on broadcast and cable television across the Second District.
The ads, which were screened publicly at the event, are sponsored by Mainers Against Health Care Cuts, a coalition of grassroots advocacy organizations.
According to the AARP, the bill Rep. Poliquin voted for would have caused a 64-year-old Mainer making $25,000 a year an annual premium cost increase of $12,701.
The bill also cut $800 billion from Medicaid, the primary source of funding for long-term care for seniors and Mainers with disabilities and included large tax breaks for high income earners.
Poliquin is the only member of Congress from New England to vote for health care repeal.