LePage tells newspapers to drop dead as another GOP governor pursues people’s health

BDN photo by Gabor Degre.

What a contrast: As Gov. LePage said it’s a plague that newspapers are “still alive,” another Republican governor is pursuing a policy that will save lives and improve health. In deep red Wyoming, Republican Gov. Matt Mead has started negotiating with federal officials on expanding Medicaid. Like Maine, the state hospital association supports an expansion, […]

Goodbye summer. Hello college and paying for it.

Late August is always a busy, bittersweet time. Summer is ending and school is starting. Two months from now, costumed children will come knocking, shouting “Trick or treat.” Two months ago, high schools sent another crop of young people off to jobs, the military, technical school and college. For the first time in 25 years, my […]

Fewer Mainers were born in Maine. What does that mean politically?

Where We Came From, State by State, by Gregor Aisch, Robert Gebeloff and Kevin Quealy, August 14, 2014, New York Times

Maine is changing, with a population that has an increasing portion of people in the state who moved to Maine. A fabulous set of interactive graphics from the New York Times shows changes in the backgrounds of each states’ residents. Maine’s graph shows that, while native Mainers were a stable and high portion (81-78%) of the […]

Mitt’s pollster says greater GOP enthusiasm may not matter

THE ENTHUSIASM GAP, OVERRATED
Posted on August 7, 2014, 12:23 pm, by Neil Newhouse

At some point, election polls start presenting results for a group of those questioned, the likely voters. And one of the items used in sorting respondents and determining who is a likely voter is a question about how enthusiastic people are about voting. Based on the turnout in the 2014 primary elections for Maine’s Second […]

For healthier hospitals and Maine, LePage should have listened

Readers of a certain age likely remember a television ad about an investment company that supposedly was so good that, when people heard its name, they quieted down and leaned in to try to hear its advice. Following the hush on airplanes and in restaurants, the ad’s tag line was delivered: “When E.F. Hutton talks, […]

What happened in Cleveland after Medicaid expansion shows Maine blew it

A doctor treating a patient. Creative Commons: World Bank Photo, 2013

In Maine, Gov. LePage and Republican opponents of Medicaid expansion claimed that an expansion wouldn’t improve health outcomes nor decrease emergency room use. But look what’s happened in Cleveland  Cleveland taxpayers did a sort of early Medicaid expansion which involved a public hospital, MetroHealth. Greater coverage was joined by intensive outreach and follow-up. The results […]

Bipartisan: Michaud worked with McCain to get VA deal

Rep. Mike Michaud

How bipartisan can you get? The VA bill that just passed the House of Representatives near unanimously was negotiated by a very liberal senator who caucuses with the Democrats and a rather conservative member of the House of Representatives. Those negotiations were helped along by Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat, and Senator McCain, a Republican. […]

Supreme Court already said DC Court was wrong on Obamacare subsidies

The Supreme Court has already spoken on the DC Circuit’s three judge panel’s 2-1 decision that subsidies are only available for insurance purchased through state exchanges. This decision contradicted the decision of a unanimous three judge panel for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (Virginia). How could that be? That DC Circuit panel only ruled […]

Seven questions and answers about today’s Obamacare decisions

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Today’s decision from a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court about Obamacare is getting a lot of attention. 1. What did the decision do? Two of the three judges ruled that people cannot get subsidized health insurance unless they bought it through a state-run exchange. This would mean no subsidies for people in the states […]