Off year elections, with no statewide candidates, aren’t always exciting. They don’t offer the drama of choosing new leaders. But this Tuesday, November 7, Maine has the opportunity to fix a massive public policy mistake. By voting Yes on Question 2, we can override the Governor’s repeated veto of bills to expand Medicaid, accepting available […]
At least once every two years, Maine’s constitution says, the Governor will propose and the Legislature will consider, revise, and adopt a budget for the operation of the state’s government. A similar process occurs at the federal level, with the President proposing and Congress voting into law the spending authorizations and priorities of our nation. […]
Yes, I’m still celebrating the collapse of the bill that was supposed to put an end to Obamacare. I’m celebrating because the proposed repeal-and-replace law would have taken health care coverage away from 24 million people while delivering big tax breaks to those who need them least. And remember Kathy, who has COPD and can’t […]
Since the dramatic collapse of the bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act more than a week ago, I’ve been thinking about why that happened and what it means. I want to share some thoughts with you about why the repeal effort failed, and a wider lesson that the event may offer. I’m […]
Last week in Augusta, the Legislature held a work session on the Governor’s proposed budget for MaineCare, in which he not only continues to reject the funds available under Obamacare but goes further, to take health care coverage away from even more workers with low incomes, this time, even those with children to care for.