Category Archives: National

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,” […]

Mitt’s pollster says greater GOP enthusiasm may not matter

THE ENTHUSIASM GAP, OVERRATED
Posted on August 7, 2014, 12:23 pm, by Neil Newhouse

At some point, election polls start presenting results for a group of those questioned, the likely voters. And one of the items used in sorting respondents and determining who is a likely voter is a question about how enthusiastic people are about voting. Based on the turnout in the 2014 primary elections for Maine’s Second […]

What happened in Cleveland after Medicaid expansion shows Maine blew it

A doctor treating a patient. Creative Commons: World Bank Photo, 2013

In Maine, Gov. LePage and Republican opponents of Medicaid expansion claimed that an expansion wouldn’t improve health outcomes nor decrease emergency room use. But look what’s happened in Cleveland  Cleveland taxpayers did a sort of early Medicaid expansion which involved a public hospital, MetroHealth. Greater coverage was joined by intensive outreach and follow-up. The results […]

Bipartisan: Michaud worked with McCain to get VA deal

Rep. Mike Michaud

How bipartisan can you get? The VA bill that just passed the House of Representatives near unanimously was negotiated by a very liberal senator who caucuses with the Democrats and a rather conservative member of the House of Representatives. Those negotiations were helped along by Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat, and Senator McCain, a Republican. […]

Supreme Court already said DC Court was wrong on Obamacare subsidies

The Supreme Court has already spoken on the DC Circuit’s three judge panel’s 2-1 decision that subsidies are only available for insurance purchased through state exchanges. This decision contradicted the decision of a unanimous three judge panel for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (Virginia). How could that be? That DC Circuit panel only ruled […]

Seven questions and answers about today’s Obamacare decisions

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Today’s decision from a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court about Obamacare is getting a lot of attention. 1. What did the decision do? Two of the three judges ruled that people cannot get subsidized health insurance unless they bought it through a state-run exchange. This would mean no subsidies for people in the states […]

Obama’s job approval vs. George W. Bush — better but not great

From Alec Tyson, "Obama viewed as more caring than Bush, but no more effective," FactTank (Pew Research), July 16, 2014

Obama’s U.S. job approval are not strong right now. For a good part of his second term, his job approval numbers have been in the mid-forties. However, those numbers are clearly ahead of where George W. Bush was at this same point in Bush’s presidency. As this chart of data from the Pew Research Center […]

Phony facts, a fantasy Constitution and conspiracy mongering

As the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan purportedly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.” Moynihan experienced people from across the political spectrum who made claims that had no basis in reality. In other words, they believed things that just aren’t so. How do they deal with reality? Some […]

An antisemitic, racist group’s startling presence in Maine

From: "White, Bigoted and Young," Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, New York Times Sunday Review, July 11, 2014

Maine has a history of hate groups. In the 1920s, the KKK, a strong presence in the state, was aimed mostly at Catholics, particularly Franco-Americans. As many were “relative newcomers” from Quebec, this was largely a nativist, anti-immigrant movement. But the 1920s were long ago and Maine now has a reputation for tolerance and support […]