Category Archives: Columns

Newspaper columns, Bangor Daily News

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Maine people moved Sen. Collins and stopped Trumpcare

The stories we tell about politics have consequences, shaping how people and groups act in the future. Tales of courageous politicians, however uplifting, can overlook how citizens influenced them. After the dramatic failure of the health care vote in the Senate, attention flowed to the three Republicans who broke with their party — Susan Collins, […]

Follow the rubles and other rules for investigating politicians

If there’s a movie made about the Trump-Russia ties investigation, expect to hear someone whisper, “Follow the rubles.” Substituting “rubles” for “money” updates Watergate’s Deep Throat’s advice to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, as portrayed in the film “All the President’s Men.” Another investigative rule is to determine who would benefit from improper financial […]