Tag Archives: health care

What’s wrong with Sanders’ single payer plan and health care politics?

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Like 2008, health care is now an important issue in the Democratic nomination fight. Back then Clinton and Obama both wanted Affordable Care Act-like policies, although they differed on whether there should be an individual mandate. This year, Senator Bernie Sanders is promoting a single payer plan and his campaign is criticizing Hillary Clinton for […]

There are no magic wands in American politics

As those who celebrate Christmas take down their decorations, some wonder how much longer the children in their lives will believe in Santa Claus. While we all eventually put aside childhood’s mythological figures, a political version may persist for how government works — the magic wand theory of American politics, the idea that some politicians […]

What’s the politics of Poliquin’s vote against repealing Obamacare?

Rep. Bruce Poliquin

I was surprised and pleased that newly elected Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin was one of three Republicans to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. Pleased, because while the ACA is imperfect, it is doing real good by lowering the number of people without health coverage while holding down premiums and costing less than initially […]

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 […]

Ebola anxiety can’t be cured by cutting government

Ebola is a horrific disease that’s become a target of overreaction by frightened people who, like most, do a poor job in judging what’s a real risk. But it’s also an example of how inadequate health programs are dangerous. Even before Ebola came to our shores, government mattered. The lack of any credible public health […]

In debate, LePage misses reality of his MaineCare vetoes

  In last night’s governor’s debate, Rep. Mike Michaud used his one chance to ask another candidate a question to say to Gov. Paul LePage, “Governor, someone is watching us right now, is going without life-changing medication because of your five vetoes. Would you be able to look into the camera and tell those people […]

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,” […]

LePage tells newspapers to drop dead as another GOP governor pursues people’s health

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

What a contrast: As Gov. LePage said it’s a plague that newspapers are “still alive,” another Republican governor is pursuing a policy that will save lives and improve health. In deep red Wyoming, Republican Gov. Matt Mead has started negotiating with federal officials on expanding Medicaid. Like Maine, the state hospital association supports an expansion, […]

For healthier hospitals and Maine, LePage should have listened

Readers of a certain age likely remember a television ad about an investment company that supposedly was so good that, when people heard its name, they quieted down and leaned in to try to hear its advice. Following the hush on airplanes and in restaurants, the ad’s tag line was delivered: “When E.F. Hutton talks, […]