Category Archives: National

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,” […]

Mitt’s pollster says greater GOP enthusiasm may not matter

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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

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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 […]