Category Archives: Maine Politics

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. […]

These three images show why aging Maine desperately needs diversity

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Maine, the whitest state in the nation, is aging. We have to turn that around. Maine needs younger people to maintain and improve our economy. We’ve heard that for awhile. A new article by Scott Thistle notes another aspect of the situation — the shrinking number of 18-34 year olds in Maine. Three images show that […]

Even as GOP posted wins, most Mainers support Obamacare

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In a good year for Republicans in Maine (and in much of the country) and, as the health insurance exchange (at healthcare.gov) opens for enrollment, it turns out that Mainers who voted in 2014 support Obamacare or something that goes further. Just take a look at this question from the Maine exit poll: On the […]

LePage’s lousy public health record, Cain and Raye pictured, and a final poll

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Here are three stories for the end of this election season: 1. LePage and his administration made a significant error for Maine’s health.  Maine’s public health system is involved in tracking illnesses, informing people who may have been exposed to illness and determining if quarantines are needed In a case that’s gotten relatively little attention, […]

In LePage’s Maine, health coverage looks more like the South than New England

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The year’s governor’s race will clearly and indisputably affect how many Mainers will have health coverage and thus how many will suffer and die prematurely. A map, based on data from Civis Analytics and Enroll America, shows health insurance coverage by county. While every state but New England has counties mostly in the 0-10% with […]