Seventeen months after Mainers said yes, Maine GOP still says no to marriage equality

Maine people voted for marriage equality over seventeen months ago and there’s no evidence that gay people getting married has caused any straight people’s marriages to fall apart. My own marriage hasn’t suffered from my rabbi and her long-time partner getting married and I bet the other 299 or so people besides me who attended […]

How the Everest avalanche can remind us of government’s potential to do good

Doing their jobs at high, high altitude, they had no warning of the avalanche before tons of snow hurtled down and literally tore limbs from bodies. On Mount Everest, at least 13 were killed when snow above them let loose. Now the Sherpas, on whose skills and sweat wealthy adventurers rely, are considering a strike. […]

In LePage’s Maine, little trust in state government

Somewhere out there are 30 Mainers who told someone from the Gallup poll that they trust Maine state government “a great deal.” That works out to about 5 percent of the 601 people the organization polled. You have to wonder what those very trusting 30 people would say to the rest of us. Admittedly, though, […]

As Obamacare goes forward, guess where more are covered?

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More people have health coverage than before, as Obamacare is working. The newly covered include people who signed up for private insurance or got coverage through Medicaid or via their parents’ plans. The proof? Look to data on the percentage insured and uninsured. These data are not fully up to date yet, but see this […]

Medicaid expansion is very popular, except when lied about

Kaiser Family Foundation, March 2014 health tracking poll

Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security are very, very popular programs. So it’s not surprising that Medicaid expansion is seen so very favorably. In the new tracking poll from Kaiser Family Foundation, a poll so uniformly excellent it’s widely known as the gold standard in polling on health care, Medicaid expansion is one of the most liked […]

Complexities abound in politics, but ultimately it’s time to choose

Every dollar spent by any government comes out of someone’s pocket and must be spent wisely. That’s why it’s critical not to spend more than necessary, but also to spend wisely when it’s affordable and leads to outcomes that improve the state and create greater opportunity. Hidden in those simple rules are many complexities. Who […]

A moderate GOPer on “the people who keep me up at night.” What does it mean for his party’s future?

Matt Pouliot, a freshman GOP Maine House member gave a fine floor speech this week on Medicaid expansion. The proposal was crafted by two respected moderate Republicans and includes cost-controls through managed care. Pouilot said that he’s voting for “the people who keep me up at night.” They’re the folks who make under the federal […]