Maine Senator Susan Collins was one of three votes to stop ACA repeal. But last week, after getting empty promises that are already being walked back, she voted for a tax bill that include big healthcare cuts, and her constituents are not pleased. The Maine People’s Alliance and others have been protesting since the vote, and plan to continue challenging Collins to stand with her state when it comes time to vote on a final bill.
As you may remember, Susan Collins, upon returning to Maine after voting against the Republican healthcare repeal, got applauded at the airport. There were several scenes of people on the street thanking her for her vote. She did not have the same reaction in Maine, actually she stayed in D.C. and did the Sunday shows, but in Maine people were protesting up and down the state and they are continuing to do so all this week.
Yesterday in Bangor dozens of people were outside her office and five very brave souls went inside and refused to leave until she talked to them about her vote, and she did not and they got arrested and carted out in a police van. So things are definitely escalating here, I think people believe that she’s not listening to them, that she’s doing real damage to the state, that she’s been lying about her votes and about the policy and that they’re not going to take it anymore.
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I recently read your piece “Senator Susan Collins strikes a bum deal” on Moyers and Company and, being from Florida, was especially interested in Senator Marco Rubio’s comment about proposed tax changes “being the path to cutting social security and medicare”. Even though I do not receive social security, however, being 73, I am under medicare. Can you tell me where Senator Rubio made this comment? I do email my concerns to both senators and representative but feel this is a pacifier effect. Even though I just discovered you and your work, thank you for your voice and your efforts. I hope this email reaches you.