Tag Archives: Medicaid

How surprising is it that LePage called Social Security, Medicare “welfare”?

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See updates at the end of the post. Social Security and Medicare are very popular programs that vastly reduced the rate of poverty among the elderly. So maybe you’d think that, in the nation’s oldest state, a major party candidate wouldn’t categorize those programs as “welfare.” At the same time, the current administration in Augusta […]

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 […]

Alexander Report got it wrong on charity care and health expansion

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During the recent debate over Medicaid expansion in Maine, Maine hospitals supported expanding the program and argued that doing so would limit the amount of charity care they would provide. In contrast, its foes claimed that expanding wouldn’t reduce the number of uninsured people going to hospitals. The first Alexander Report (p.48) argued that expanding public […]

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 […]