I’m writing the paper today to refute, point by point, factually inaccurate statements that were published in last week’s edition in a Letter to the Editor written by Mr. Gary J. Loft of Lamoine.
First, the writer claims Congressman Bruce Poliquin has voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “three times” since 2017. I am not sure where he is getting his numbers. There was a single vote on a bill in May of 2017, but no others. In fact, if anything, Bruce was actually one of only three Republicans to OPPOSE a repeal of the ACA in 2015.
Second, the writer claims that by Congressman Poliquin’s “own estimates” the three votes (again, not true) would take away health care from 50,000 Mainers. This isn’t true and seems to be the parroting of talking points. In fact, since his first year in office, Bruce has been pushing his own Maine-based 14-point plan to lower costs, maintain protections for those with pre-existing conditions and create more health care options for Maine families Bruce has also worked to get Maine hospitals paid back millions of dollars they are owed from the federal government, pouring needed money back into our hospitals and helping to keep them open.
Third, he claims the congressman supports the policy of separating families at the border. This is also not true. Congressman Poliquin made it crystal clear he is opposed to this policy. The writer then falsely claims that Bruce had no comment on the issue. Again, completely false. Congressman Poliquin’s opposition to this policy has been widely reported:
- Portland Press Herald (06/22/18): Rep. Poliquin co-sponsors bill directing administration to reunify children with families
- Sun Journal (06/21/18): Collins, Poliquin say families, children shouldn’t be separated.
Factually inaccurate statements cannot be allowed to stand without some kind of correction for readers — even “opinion” pieces.
Spokesman for U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine)