AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says a court ruling shows that the federal health care law is a disaster and is urging Congress to fix it immediately.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act only allows insurance subsidies in states with their own exchanges. Another court found that consumers in all 50 states can buy subsidized coverage.
LePage says that Maine, where consumers use the federal exchange, can’t afford to subsidize coverage.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is blaming LePage for not creating a state exchange, which he says he’ll do if elected.
Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud, who’s also running for governor, said he also supports creating state exchange and that he will continue to work with members of Congress to find fixes to the law.