By now, the story of Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s dash into a bathroom and reemergence with ear buds has become the subject of mocking humor, with editorial cartoons depicting the congressman hiding out to avoid reporters. But Poliquin’s actions go beyond political comedy, absurdity or timidity. Poliquin’s ear-budded refusal to divulge his position on Trumpcare until […]
Democracies run on some basic principles. One is that politicians tell citizens where they stand on proposed laws. But of Maine’s four federal legislators, Rep. Bruce Poliquin stands out for avoiding taking positions. Compared to the other three and Gov. Paul LePage, Poliquin is the least candid about controversies. Poliquin’s surreptitious tendencies are seen with […]
None of this means that Trump can’t accomplish anything. But his presidency has been wounded.
Despite Americans’ desire for the federal government to take greater responsibility, Paul Ryan’s health care plan, endorsed by President Trump, would lead to 14 million people losing coverage by 2018 and 24 million by 2026.
The dismantling and denigrating of knowledge and expertise in the U.S. government while favoring ill-informed political viewpoints and decision-makers is scandalous.
Republicans’ favored policies have been floated for a long time and would lead to inferior coverage for those who still have it.
The public’s response matters to Trump.
Members of Congress should hold regular town hall meetings to hear from constituents, answer questions and model transparency in a way President Trump has not.
Maine’s health care sector has been a bright spot for the state’s economy, but an Affordable Care Act repeal would damage it.