AUGUSTA — Efforts to repeal and legally challenge the health care reforms enacted last year by Congress are causing a stir from both sides in Maine.

Nine groups advocating for seniors, labor, women and other causes plan a rally Monday in the State House to urge Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General William Schneider to support the Affordable Care Act. Schneider’s expressed interest in Maine joining a multistate lawsuit against the health care law.

The conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center and Americans for Prosperity-Maine plan a rally to urge Schneider to add Maine to the lawsuit. A rally scheduled for Friday was being rescheduled.

Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine issued a statement saying proposed legislation in Congress to repeal the reforms are a step backward.

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