LePage promotes free market health care solutions in DC

Posted July 19, 2011, at 1:40 p.m.

Gov. Paul LePage was in Washington D.C. earlier this week, talking up Maine’s new health insurance deregulation law and other efforts to get government out of the health care business. Speaking to an “enthusiastic crowd” at the politically conservative Heritage Foundation, LePage touted free market solutions as the answer to the nation’s health care woes, according to a report on the website of The Hill.

“LePage is among the state leaders who have vowed to repeal Democrats’ healthcare reform law and replace it with market-based solutions, such as allowing people to buy cheap insurance that’s not as comprehensive as called for in the law. Maine has recently sought to pare down its Medicaid program, forced out its Democratic-appointed insurance commissioner and allowed residents to buy insurance from other New England states.

LePage defended his decisions to deregulate the insurance market with his trademark dry humor and a story about regulations that force nuns to buy maternity care.

‘We should have exempted the nuns,’ he said. ‘Then if they got into trouble, we could call the Pope.’”

Read the story here.

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