There is nothing populist about the GOP tax plan

I don’t know the best word for a tax plan that preserves tax breaks for owners of golf courses, while taking them away for medical expenses, adoptions and students, but it isn’t “populist.” Like this year’s health bills, which would have slashed Medicaid while cutting taxes for the wealthy, the GOP tax plan does the […]

Medicaid expansion helps working poor, who have no other insurance options

Beyond all the complexities about health policy, there’s one question I’d like to ask anyone who opposes Medicaid expansion or isn’t sure how she’ll vote. Since America doesn’t have universal coverage, some people have jobs but don’t have health insurance and can’t afford to buy it. Why not expand Medicaid for people like that? Let’s […]

(Updated) Manafort isn’t the first presidential campaign manager to be indicted. The last one went to jail.

With news that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner have been indicted on twelve charges, let’s pause to remember another presidential campaign manager who faced federal criminal charges. The man was John Mitchell, President Nixon’s campaign manager for his 1972 re-election campaign. Mitchell headed CREEP, the Committee to Re-elect the President […]

Expand health coverage to fight Trump’s sabotage

The politics of health care are scary and strange but there are also positive possibilities for broadening coverage. What hurts patients and providers, such as the sabotage of the Affordable Care Act pursued by President Donald Trump, needs to be countered and corrected. Expanding Medicaid is one way to do this. One kind of Trumpian […]

Decision by Collins does not put off war in the Maine GOP

Now that Sen. Susan Collins has announced she will not run for Maine governor, one thing is certain. And that’s that the Maine Republican Party still faces the choice between being the party of Susan Collins and Bill Cohen or the party of Paul LePage and Donald Trump. (Collins worked for Cohen as a legislative […]

Trump’s defensiveness and denial puts America at risk

President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria has been worse than President George W. Bush’s slow and poorly coordinated reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Neither responded as quickly as they could have but Trump also displays troubling temperamental traits that have plagued his presidency. Rather than taking responsibility, Trump takes criticisms personally as he […]

Everyone benefits from Medicaid expansion

Want healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy economy? With Medicaid expansion, more people will get care that keeps them healthier and saves lives. Expanding Medicaid will also help Maine’s economy. Throughout the United States, health care is a growing economic sector but is especially important in states with aging populations like Maine. Our people […]

Misleading on Medicaid hurts real Maine people

As fall looms in Maine and another election campaign gears up, misinformation about Medicaid is proliferating. Unfortunately, before Maine people decide in November whether to join most states in expanding the program, it will probably get even worse. Promoting alternative facts is a real shame because we deserve an honest debate about a policy that […]

Anti-transparency Poliquin tells donors he ducks questions because he “could lose this seat”

While Rep. Bruce Poliquin doesn’t like to answer reporters’ questions about his positions and doesn’t hold open town hall meetings constituents can attend, he was open to donors at a closed door fundraiser in Bangor. Audio from someone there was given to the Beacon. In the Beacon’s second piece about the fundraiser, Poliquin says that […]

We, as ‘prisoners of hope,’ must fight hate mongering

As a Jew, as an American, I cannot forget the sight of Nazis marching through the streets of Charlottesville. The line of (mostly) men carrying torches, anger in their faces and their voices, cast an ominous glow. They chanted “Jews shall not replace us.” They chanted the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” and carried Nazi […]