Trump administration makes the case that Collins “knowingly voted to destroy” the ACA


Last night, the Trump administration laid out their case to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions and it made one thing very clear: Senator Collins’ vote for the 2017 GOP tax law is directly responsible for this case. In fact, a Washington Post analysis concluded that, “the Trump team’s core argument is that every Republican who voted for the tax cuts three years ago knowingly voted to destroy the 2010 law in its entirety [sic].”


Even after it became clear that her vote paved the way for her Republican allies to strike down the ACA, Collins doubled down, maintaining that she doesn’t regret her vote for the tax bill “at all.” That’s consistent with her record of signing on to an amicus brief that argued that if the individual mandate was eliminated, the entire ACA should be overturned.


If the lawsuit is successful, nearly 100,000 Mainers could lose their health care. And last night’s filing made clear that Republicans are still dead set on eliminating coverage protections for people with preexisting conditions. No matter how much she tries to obfuscate the truth, Collins can’t change the fact that she voted to eliminate the ACA.


“Susan Collins knew exactly what she was doing when she voted to pave the way for her Republican allies to strike down the ACA,” said Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra. “The fact that she has maintained that she doesn’t regret her vote tells Mainers everything they need to know: she won’t lift a finger to protect our health care.”