Category Archives: health care

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

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?

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

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 […]

Two top Maine conservatives say Obamacare is working. Have you signed up yet?

In the last week, the more conservative of the two Republicans in the 2014 primary for Maine’s second congressional district and the head of Maine’s conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center acknowledged that Obamacare is doing good for people. While both prefer other options and are quite critical of Obamacare, this is what they said about […]

What’s the politics of Poliquin’s vote against repealing Obamacare?

I was surprised and pleased that newly elected Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin was one of three Republicans to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. Pleased, because while the ACA is imperfect, it is doing real good by lowering the number of people without health coverage while holding down premiums and costing less than initially […]

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

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 […]

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

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?

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. […]