Tag Archives: Medicaid

In LePage’s Maine, little trust in state government

Somewhere out there are 30 Mainers who told someone from the Gallup poll that they trust Maine state government “a great deal.” That works out to about 5 percent of the 601 people the organization polled. You have to wonder what those very trusting 30 people would say to the rest of us. Admittedly, though, […]

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 […]

Even a study expansion foes tout shows coverage saves lives

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In arguing against Medicaid expansion, some foes have argued it wouldn’t help people without coverage. That seems like a hard sell. It makes one wonder why anyone would want insurance if it doesn’t matter. And it runs counter to many studies showing that insurance coverage is related to lower rates of illness and deaths. Now […]

Behold the rise of the Insurance Deniers in the Medicaid debate

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As part of debates about Medicaid expansion in Maine, a policy supported by majorities of Maine citizens and legislators, proponents noted that having insurance saves lives. Indeed, research from many studies is clear. If you want, check out this summary from a professor at Harvard Medical School, or this one from a professor at Northwestern […]

LePage and other Medicaid expansion foes attacked the “alternative” they say they back

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Opponents of Medicaid expansion took strong steps and made strong statements against an “alternative” they now say they back. This makes their stated support for this “alternative” look like political rhetoric. Now, Medicaid expansion is supported by most Maine legislators and most Maine people. But that shouldn’t be surprising. Heck, even in New Hampshire, a […]

Who gets left behind by LePage and other health expansion opponents’ “alternative”?

Rep. Deborah Sanderson

Opponents of Medicaid expansion in Maine keep saying there is an alternative available to the people who would be covered under an expansion. The purported alternative is that people who would receive Medicaid under an expansion can instead buy subsidized insurance through the marketplace. For instance, Rep. Deborah Sanderson recently said on the radio that she […]

Medicaid expansion opponent LePage tried to put FDR and JFK on his side

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In the 2014 State of the State speech, Gov. LePage repeated his reasons for opposing Medicaid expansion in Maine. As part of that, LePage quoted two respected Democratic political leaders — Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. One way LePage did this was by saying the presidents didn’t like “welfare” and then making a […]