Mainers Rally In Opposition Of Healthcare Law
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday on President Obama’s healthcare law and whether or not parts of the law are unconstitutional.Tuesday, on the steps of the Kennebec County Courthouse in Augusta, a group called Americans For Prosperity held a rally in opposition of the new law. Former State Senator, and current Director of Americans For Prosperity, Carol Weston calls the law the greatest intrusion into the private lives of Americans in a generation. “Today is a historic day,” Weston told the crowd assembled on the courthouse steps. “And it’s bigger than one single issue. To those who attack our rights and our freedoms we say keep your hands off our healthcare.”Part of the new law requires all Americans to have health insurance or face a fine. At the rally Joel Allumbaugh, from the Maine Heritage Policy Center, argued that not only is that mandate unconstitutional, but he says it won’t work. “And I will ask you first of all do you think this mandate will work? Will it encourage a young healthy person to who doesn’t foresee healthcare expenses to buy a policy That costs as much as $5000 or more a year rather than face a $95 fine,” Allumbaugh said. Tuesday’s rally in Augusta wad held at the same day as a similar one being held in at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.