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Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci holds conference call about the looming US Government shutdown with Obama officials in Bangor office

By Ramona du Houx,
Posted Sept. 30, 2013, on the Bangor Daily News
Over the weekend, US House Republicans refused to give up their efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, even though it is the law of the land, upheld by the Supreme Court. Their leadership stated that as long as the ACA is funded they would shut down the federal government at midnight, September 30th.

Councilor Joe Baldacci held a conference call September 30th, with members of the Obama administration about the possible affects a shut down would have in Maine.

“According to what we learned on the call homeland security, border patrol, food inspectors, curtailments in non ‘critical’ defense operations will happen… it’s across the board as 800,000 furloughs nationwide will happen,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci.

The Health Insurance Exchanges will still open on Oct. 1.

“Whether they like it or not the Affordable Care Act is still kicking in tomorrow and still available to people,” said Sam Berger a senior Obama administration official on the conference call. Continue reading →

Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci challenges All Maine Republican Congressional Candidates

By Ramona du Houx of Maine Insights

H.J. Res. 59 would defund the Affordable Care Act, (ACA), denying millions of hard-working middle class families the security of affordable health coverage. If Republicans don’t get their way, to defund the ACA, they have threatened to shutdown the federal government and cause America to default on the national debt.

“House passage of H.J. Res. 59 advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens lives, our economy and the interests of the middle class,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci, a potential candidate for U.S. 2nd Congressional District. “I challenge all of the Maine Congressional Republican candidates to repudiate these extreme measures that threaten people’s lives and livelihoods.” Continue reading →