Category Archives: health care

What’s wrong with Sanders’ single payer plan and health care politics?

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Like 2008, health care is now an important issue in the Democratic nomination fight. Back then Clinton and Obama both wanted Affordable Care Act-like policies, although they differed on whether there should be an individual mandate. This year, Senator Bernie Sanders is promoting a single payer plan and his campaign is criticizing Hillary Clinton for […]

How much do Maine people want to fund Planned Parenthood?

Maine poll by Hart Research Associates

National data show strong support for funding Planned Parenthood, but what do Maine people think? A new poll from Hart Research demonstrates that Mainers want the group to receive federal funds. [You can see details about the poll’s sample and methodology below.] Not only do 70% oppose defunding Planned Parenthood, but 55% strongly oppose defunding. A […]

What do people actually think of Planned Parenthood?

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After activists who oppose women being able to choose abortion began to release edited tapes aimed at undermining Planned Parenthood, you might wonder what people think of the group now. Planned Parenthood is seen more positively than negatively Surveys by YouGov, taken over time, show rather stable views toward the group, with small declines in […]

How can Maine keep Obamacare subsidies no matter what Supreme Court does?

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Are over 60,000 Mainers at risk of losing subsidies for buying private health insurance? Yes, but the Maine Legislature could make sure those subsidies continue. By Monday morning, we’ll know if the Supreme Court rules that people buying health insurance through a federal exchange can continue to get subsidies. If the Court says no, this […]

Olympia Snowe clearly states a barefaced truth about Obamacare

Olympia Snowe. Photo credit: Troy R. Bennett l BDN

As court watchers wait for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling on King vs. Burwell, the Obamacare subsidies case, former Sen. Olympia Snowe has done us all a big favor by honestly and directly stating an obvious reality about the development of the law. The plaintiffs in the case claim that Congress didn’t want […]

People don’t want Obamacare’s repeal. Republicans start to get the message.

Since the Affordable Care Act was adopted, the tectonic plates of health care politics look like they’re shifting. Rep. Bruce Poliquin hasn’t even been in office five months, and already his positions on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have moved enough to make several flip-flop-themed campaign ads. Poliquin attacked primary opponent Kevin Raye for being […]

Supreme Court agrees about what nixing Obamacare subsidies would do

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Yesterday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court uncovered some rare unity about the Affordable Care Act. No, it’s not about the key question, whether the law allows subsidies to be available for insurance policies purchased through the federal exchange. Instead, it’s about what nixing Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans would do. Those who spoke […]

What does Pelosi’s “You have to pass the bill” comment have to do with Obamacare suit?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Obamacare is increasingly lowering the number of Americans without health insurance, but it faces a threat by a lawsuit before the Supreme Court today. This case (King v Burwell) would take away subsidies from millions who purchased their insurance through a federally run exchange. It’s based on the absurd argument that the Congress didn’t mean […]

LePage touts trickle-down for the homeless shelters, hospitals he would tax

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

What’s to become of the homeless shelters and other nonprofits that would be taxed under Gov. LePage’s plan? Towns and cities are promised those new revenues to make up for LePage slashing revenue sharing. In Bangor, 54 nonprofits would be taxed. Manna, a Bangor faith-based group that serves meals and provides groceries to the hungry […]