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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.

As economic and snowstorms hit us, how do we dig out?

This big storm put me in mind of what a friend, the photographer Jeff Kirlin, said the other day: “I love the sound of the Socialist snowplows scraping up my Socialist streets.” We pay taxes for government services that serve the public good — in this case, the ability to get places safely and not […]

Since King’s “Dream” speech, where are black representatives in the House?

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On this day commemorating the work of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s worth looking at one political metric — representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Eric Ostermeir, in the 51 years since the “I have a dream” speech, 26 states have elected black people to Congress. Thus 24 (including Maine), […]

How big a sham is the case seeking to gut Obamacare subsidies?

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Signups for health insurance through the ACA exchange are going swimingly, with Maine hitting the 2015 target more than a month before open enrollment ends. Now, with the Supreme Court to hear a case that could end subsidies to Maine people (since we have no state-based exchange), research shows how much of a sham is […]

With LePage’s budget, Maine must decide on the reality it wants

When Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his budget proposal last week, it was reminiscent (but partly in a good way) of something said about a decade ago by an aide to President George W. Bush. This aide, widely reputed to be Karl Rove, told journalist Ron Suskind that reporters were part of “the reality-based community” but […]

No, Gov. LePage is not popular

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Perhaps it’s because Gov. LePage was just sworn in for his second term (and, by the way, congratulations), but there’s been an odd tendency for some newspaper articles to refer to the governor as popular. It’s odd because “popular,” while somewhat vague, implies that at least a majority support and/or like someone or something. It’s […]

In his second term, will LePage expand MaineCare? MD group predicts he will

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One prominent Maine group suggested recently that Gov. LePage will make a U-turn on Medicaid expansion. In his first term, Gov. LePage was a stalwart opponent of the Affordable Care Act, refusing to set up a state exchange and doing nothing to publicize the federal exchange, calling the IRS’s involvement in subsidies and the mandate […]

A momentous year in health policy — and the people who put it into perspective

It wasn’t the cold of the day that deeply chilled the six-year-old’s parents, although, with a low of three degrees, Feb. 28 this year was colder than average. That winter day little Wynter Przybylski of Brewer was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Soon after Wynter’s cancer was diagnosed, a tumor was found on her spine […]

What parts of Obamacare are popular and what is not?

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Nearly eight out of ten Americans like one of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. After a year that saw an incredible drop in the percentage of Americans uninsured, we’re in the midst of the second year of signups for private insurance through the Obamacare insurance marketplaces. Those marketplaces (or exchanges) are very popular. […]

Texas, yes, Texas, may expand Medicaid

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Texas has been a refusenik state — with no state health exchange and no Medicaid expansion for adults — but that could change. The incoming governor recently suggested that he’s looking at an alternative to traditional Medicaid, the one negotiated by Utah with the federal government but not yet adopted by the state legislature. [Gov. […]