Category Archives: Maine Politics

Even a study expansion foes tout shows coverage saves lives

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In arguing against Medicaid expansion, some foes have argued it wouldn’t help people without coverage. That seems like a hard sell. It makes one wonder why anyone would want insurance if it doesn’t matter. And it runs counter to many studies showing that insurance coverage is related to lower rates of illness and deaths. Now […]

Behold the rise of the Insurance Deniers in the Medicaid debate

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As part of debates about Medicaid expansion in Maine, a policy supported by majorities of Maine citizens and legislators, proponents noted that having insurance saves lives. Indeed, research from many studies is clear. If you want, check out this summary from a professor at Harvard Medical School, or this one from a professor at Northwestern […]

New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled Senate passed Medicaid expansion today

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After getting together in multiple meetings to negotiate, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Granite State agreed on a compromise to expand Medicaid. Today the Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill, 18-5. New Hampshire’s Democratic governor backs it, and the Democratic-controlled House is also seen as likely to support it. Thus Medicaid expansion is effectively a […]

LePage learns in press conference that Republicans supported restoring revenue sharing

Gov. LePage

Gov. LePage held a press conference today and repeated, quite sincerely, his criticisms of using funds from the rainy day fund to restore revenue sharing. But there were some rather odd moments. For one, after the governor criticized Democrats for their restoration of municipal revenue sharing, a reporter noted that a number of Republicans also […]

LePage and other Medicaid expansion foes attacked the “alternative” they say they back

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Opponents of Medicaid expansion took strong steps and made strong statements against an “alternative” they now say they back. This makes their stated support for this “alternative” look like political rhetoric. Now, Medicaid expansion is supported by most Maine legislators and most Maine people. But that shouldn’t be surprising. Heck, even in New Hampshire, a […]

Who gets left behind by LePage and other health expansion opponents’ “alternative”?

Rep. Deborah Sanderson

Opponents of Medicaid expansion in Maine keep saying there is an alternative available to the people who would be covered under an expansion. The purported alternative is that people who would receive Medicaid under an expansion can instead buy subsidized insurance through the marketplace. For instance, Rep. Deborah Sanderson recently said on the radio that she […]

The words of GOP Rep. Lockman live on in the “war on women”

Rep. Lockman

After blogger Mike Tipping publicized numerous remarks of GOP Rep. Lawrence Lockman, portions of what the state legislator said went viral. Interestingly, his comments on gay people didn’t get picked up much (although, as I wrote, they demonstrate a tension within his party on LGBT right issues). Nor did Lockman’s history of refusing to pay […]

What does Lockman’s regret for anti-gay statements mean for him and the Republican party?

Rep. Lockman

A day after blogger Mike Tipping published a very detailed piece on Rep. Larry Lockman’s views about gay people, abortion and taxes, this Republican state legislator issued a statement saying he regretted some of it. What should we make of this “regret”? Frankly, while there are issues for Lockman himelf, the most critical implications, in […]