Category Archives: National

As economic and snowstorms hit us, how do we dig out?

This big storm put me in mind of what a friend, the photographer Jeff Kirlin, said the other day: “I love the sound of the Socialist snowplows scraping up my Socialist streets.” We pay taxes for government services that serve the public good — in this case, the ability to get places safely and not […]

Since King’s “Dream” speech, where are black representatives in the House?

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On this day commemorating the work of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s worth looking at one political metric — representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Eric Ostermeir, in the 51 years since the “I have a dream” speech, 26 states have elected black people to Congress. Thus 24 (including Maine), […]

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

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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 […]

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?

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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. […]

Reject moral relativism in the face of terrorism and threat

How would you respond if an “intellectually challenged” American with no involvement in violence was held by another country and tortured so a tape of him crying could be used to try to get a family member to supply information? What would you feel if an American imprisoned by non-Americans was told that his mother […]

LePage keeps saying “no” as more GOP governors expand coverage

Gov. LePage’s stance on health policy has left Mainers scared, including cancer survivors. Kaiser Health News tells the story of one, 61 year old Laura Tasheiko. She’s unlike the image LePage and his allies portray of the person who would benefit from Medicaid expansion, the youngish man with a moustache, smoking a cigarette. “It’s nerve-wracking,” […]