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Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 08, 2017 04:43PM
At this juncture, I wish to congratulate the people of Maine for electing this anti-American Republican madman.

Maine governor says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
[www.reuters.com]
(Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Wednesday he would not carry out an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under Obamacare that was approved by voters unless it was fully funded by the legislature, calling it “ruinous” for the state’s budget.

About 60 percent of voters in Maine approved the ballot proposal in Tuesday’s election, according to the Bangor Daily News, making the state the first in the country to vote to expand Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

LePage, a Republican, has staunchly opposed expansion of the program, vetoing legislation to do so on several occasions.

In a statement, the governor said he would not implement the expansion until it was fully funded by the Maine legislature, where control is split between Republicans and Democrats.

“Credit agencies are predicting that this fiscally irresponsible Medicaid expansion will be ruinous to Maine’s budget,” LePage said in a statement. “I will not support increasing taxes on Maine families, raiding the rainy day fund or reducing services to our elderly or disabled.”

LePage said a previous Medicaid expansion in Maine in 2002 created $750 million in debt to hospitals and took resources away from vulnerable people.

Maine Senate Democratic leader Troy Jackson said in a statement that the governor “has the power to put up roadblocks to prevent implementation of the voter-approved Medicaid expansion referendum, and I have no reason to believe he won’t continue to do as he has always done.”

Jackson added that Democrats “are determined to use every tool at our disposal to ensure the will of the voters is upheld.”

Maine voters were asked to approve or reject a plan to provide healthcare coverage under Medicaid for adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 is about $16,000 for a single person and about $22,000 for a family of two.

If implemented, about 70,000 additional state residents would be eligible for the Medicaid program, local media reported, in addition to the roughly 268,000 people who are currently eligible.

Maine has been prominent in the national healthcare debate. U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from the state, helped block her party’s efforts to repeal Obamacare, enacted under former Democratic President Barack Obama and formally known as the Affordable Care Act.

Collins said on Wednesday she never took a position on state referendum questions, but was surprised at LePage’s statement.

“I’m not going to comment on what the governor should or should not do”, Collins told reporters. “I think it’s significant that healthcare was such a prominent issue and I believe when you look at the overwhelming vote in my state (on) the Medicaid expansion that it shows that Republicans need to put forth constructive legislation.”



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/08/2017 04:45PM by Steve G..
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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 08, 2017 04:47PM
Knife, meet throat.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 08, 2017 04:58PM
Oh, yes, please, fight this one tooth-and-nail, Mr. Governor LePage.

That should drive out any last vestiges of good will the people of Maine have towards their governor or the Republican party that inflicted him upon you.
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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 08, 2017 05:06PM
I'm here to represent the voice of the people. No - no - wait - no...... I meant other people.



rj
AKA
Vreemac, Moth of the Future
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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: bfd
Date: November 08, 2017 06:37PM
Ayuh.
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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: November 08, 2017 07:50PM
Everyone I know from Maine swears that neither they nor anyone they know ever voted for him.



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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 08, 2017 08:45PM
pa·ter·nal·ism

the policy or practice on the part of people in positions of authority of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of those subordinate to them in the subordinates' supposed best interest.
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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 08, 2017 09:32PM
Well, Maine is such a wealthy and affluent state that I'm sure the population can probably bootstrap themselves out of any medical predicament.
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Re: Maine governor (a-hole Paul Lepage) says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 09, 2017 06:27AM
This vote will slow down Mainers' efforts to become the West Virginia of New England which, no doubt, irritates the Republican governor.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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