Obama: Maine right to take health care dollars

10:11 PM, Dec 13, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (NEWS CENTER) -- President Obama says he has no problem with Maine accepting federal funds to implement health care reform as it is suing to block the law.

Last month, Maine was one of 13 states awarded $220 million in federal grants to help create private insurance marketplaces. Maine's share is nearly $6 million.

At the White House last week, NEWS CENTER's Pat Callaghan asked President Obama about the apparent conflict. The President said "I see nothing wrong with them taking the money to plan for it. My expectation is that, setting the politics aside, when we have a bunch of exchanges set up all across the country, including in Maine, where people can be part of a big pool that negotiates better deals with their insurance companies, and see their premiums actually starting to go down, and aren't barred because of pre-existing conditions, they're gonna be really happy that Maine prepared to set up something that will protect families from bankruptcy in case they get sick."

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of parts of the 2010 health care reform law.






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