A subsidy for employers

Policy echoes across the decades

Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, said he heard the complaints from those who were fed up with a system that they believe is open to abuse. He said that he was offended by businesses that did not offer health insurance to employees but instead told them to pursue MaineCare. But he added that he felt the real goal was to make sure that all of the state’s residents had health care coverage, which drew rousing applause from the crowd. ~ December 2011, Presque Isle, Maine

“What these workers lose in wages the taxpayers are called on to pay. . . The community is not bound to provide what is effect a subsidy for unconscionable employers.” ~ March 1937, U.S. Supreme Court

Note: While Martin’s comment was made in a discussion of proposed cuts in health care coverage, the Supreme Court, in “West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish,” affirmed the constitutionality of minimum wage laws.

Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.