Lawmakers reject single-payer study

The Associated Press
Posted May 19, 2011, at 11:57 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Just days after the debate over Maine’s health insurance overhaul bill ended with the bill’s passage, legislative dialogue on the issue continued — but this time the bill died.

The Senate on Thursday killed a bill that would have authorized a study into whether a so-called single payer or government-run system is feasible in the state.

The bill would have updated past studies. Supporters say the state would have incurred no expense and that the study would not commit Maine to any new system.

But opponents cautioned against any move toward a new system just after lawmakers enacted a law making significant changes in the health insurance laws.

The debate in Maine flared up as Vermont moves toward a government-run system that will provide public health care to all residents regardless of income.

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