Tag Archives: health care

How birth control saves money, and two other health care success stories

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Health care is expensive, very expensive. So any news about how costs are being controlled is very good news. Here are three examples: 1. Medicare is costing a lot less than predicted  As Kaiser Health reports, Medicare’s costs are now more than $1000 a person less than what was predicted. Even better, new predictions are […]

Gary Alexander brings trouble with a capital “T”

When “Professor” Harold Hill stepped off the train in a small Midwest town, he diagnosed debilitating problems. In the musical “The Music Man,” Hill said he saw danger lurking, exhorting townspeople, “Ladies and gentlemen, either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of […]

No wonder Maine’s hospitals wanted Medicaid expansion!

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What a difference Medicaid expansion makes! More and more evidence is piling up that hospitals are seeing far fewer patients without health insurance. Medicaid expansion is yielding a big drop in uncompensated care and big increases in revenues As Kaiser Health News reports: At Seattle’s largest safety-net hospital, the proportion of uninsured patients fell from […]

What’s behind LePage’s back and forth (and back) on nursing homes?

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OK, it’s an election year but, still, things are just looking quite strange when it comes to nursing home funding. First we saw this back and forth: A day before the Legislature was scheduled to complete its work for the year, Republican Gov. Paul LePage proposed a bill that would have immediately disbursed millions of […]

No need to trust feds to see big drop in people without health insurance

From: Gallup,"U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%," May 5, 2014

As the federal government rolls out figures on the number of Americans with health insurance, some have denied the figures, claiming that the books are cooked. If one really doesn’t trust the numbers from the feds, then it would be best to consult an external, private source of data. Well, here’s the Gallup organization, to […]

Like LePage’s Alexander Report, national GOP manufactures phony figures

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Maine’s Gov. LePage has been a staunch opponent of all components of the federal government’s Affordable Care Act. That’s included blocking Medicaid expansion, with help from numbers put together by the poorly conducted, widely discredited Alexander Report. This report, which had an error of over half a billion dollars, was so badly received that, after […]

As Obamacare goes forward, guess where more are covered?

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More people have health coverage than before, as Obamacare is working. The newly covered include people who signed up for private insurance or got coverage through Medicaid or via their parents’ plans. The proof? Look to data on the percentage insured and uninsured. These data are not fully up to date yet, but see this […]

A moderate GOPer on “the people who keep me up at night.” What does it mean for his party’s future?

Matt Pouliot, a freshman GOP Maine House member gave a fine floor speech this week on Medicaid expansion. The proposal was crafted by two respected moderate Republicans and includes cost-controls through managed care. Pouilot said that he’s voting for “the people who keep me up at night.” They’re the folks who make under the federal […]

LePage versus 66.44% and 62.86%

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Here are the votes on Medicaid expansion in Maine so far: House: 66.44% voted yes (97-49) Senate: 62.85% voted yes (22-13) As this infographic shows, votes in favor of expansion were bipartisan, while opposing votes all came from Republicans. However, these very strong bipartisan majorities are not sufficient to overcome a LePage veto. Unless some votes […]

LePage, Medicaid expansion foes should support this alternative

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Opponents of Medicaid expansion in Maine are saying they don’t have a problem with the part of Obamacare that involves people getting subsidized insurance through the marketplace/exchange. Truth be told, while these individuals have been quite critical of this element of the ACA, Gov. LePage mentioned it positively about a year ago. More recently expansion foes […]