Tag Archives: Medicaid

LePage versus 66.44% and 62.86%

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

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

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

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

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”?

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

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 […]

Virginia finds it will save a billion dollars with Medicaid expansion. Guess what happens next?

The secretary of health and human resources of Virginia, who was hired by a Republican governor, just issued a report showing the state would save a huge amount of money if it expanded Medicaid. While an earlier estimate found savings of $137 million through 2022, the new estimate of savings to the state is over […]

Five reasons why the Alexander Group defense looks exceedingly weak

After health policy analyst Kathy Gifford identified a problem with a figure in the Alexander Group’s report on Medicaid expansion, several members of the group came to its defense. The issue revolved around a $575 million discrepancy and a different percentage cited in the report than used in calculations. The rate the Alexander Group used for […]

Guess which New England state already met its 2014 Obamacare goal?

Before the insurance exchanges opened in October 2013, the CBO projected that seven million nationally would sign up for private insurance by the end of the 2014 open enrollment period at the end of March. They also set targets for each state. Only one state has exceeded its target already — Connecticut As Access Health […]