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  • Anonymous

    Dirigo is a failed comprehensive Baldaccihealthcare plan, which should not be going forward.
    There is Joe Bruno’s name again–seems that he arranged for his Goold Systems to receive 36.5 million when he was CEO there, so what does that mean now that he is head of Dirigo?  He was one who did not even know(or pretended not to know) that a certain D member of the Maine House could not wear an oversized campaign button into a polling place which still had voters voting!    He is an R, but was intimidated by the D.

    • Tyke

      … and yet Lepage has kept Dirigo completely with NO cuts, and only proposes to make changes after he will no longer be in office (no sane person thinks he can possibly win reelection).

      Why do you suppose he broke that campaign promise?

  • StillRelaxin

    Paul goes again to a familiar source to solve ALL problems, the poor and middle class pay more and the well-to-do get…you guessed it, tax breaks! 

    • Anonymous

      Can’t seem to find where it says in this story that anyone, including the well to do are getting tax breaks….Maybe you can point it out…..

      • StillRelaxin

        No wonder Mr. LePage can lie time and time again and get away with it.  Apparently it may have something to do with folks who’s thinking or memory doesn’t extend beyond a single story. Just plain sad, but just may be a new way of explaining how conservatives are created.

        • Anonymous

          Actually conservatives are made after years of living under a Democratic controlled legislature who passed entitlement programs so a generation could be raised to believe it is their god given right to sit around and live off the hard work of others….

          • Anonymous

            How did the legislature become to be democratic controlled? 

          • StillRelaxin

            Interesting you can recall years of perceived falsehoods about Democrats but can’t recall poor Paul’s latest lie or any other foolish, embarrassing, and bombastic public comments over the past day, week, month, or year. “Selective Recall,“ could be a new symptom in the diagnosis of conservatism.  That explains a lot.  Thanks, you’re really helping me out here! 

          • Anonymous

            Not quite sure how you came up with “Selective Recall”. I don’t recall ever claiming that LaPage hadn’t made any foolish or embarrassing public comments over the past day, week, month or year for that matter. Didn’t have too, he’s a politician, enough said! What I find interesting is how you can seem to recall LaPage’s lies and in the same breath claim that endless entitlement programs passed by the Democrats are perceived falsehoods. Now THAT explains a lot!

          • Sounds like someone is fighting for to stay off the bottom of the pack. Thanks it protects us on the top. 

      • amen!!!  I would like to point out that tax breaks are more than likely going to convert to more jobs!  

        • Anonymous

          yes, that is true, the wealthy will need folks to clean their houses and mow their lawns.

          • Anonymous

            Oh…you mean like the tourist industry that people love to preach is so wonderful in this state.
            How about if we turn Bar Harbor into a deep sea port and line the shores with factories, instead of worrying about where out of staters are going to spend their vacations. Now that would be progress.

        • Anonymous

          When?

          • Tyke

            When pigs fly.

        • Anonymous

          If tax breaks for the wealthy created jobs, this country should have zero percent unemployment–Republicans have been lowering taxes on the ultra-wealthy at least ever since Reagan’s day, and especially under GW Bush. That was called the trickle-down theory–it did not work. But Republicans continue to push it.

        • Anonymous

          When?

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take a tax break, thank you. I didn’t read it here :-(  If Lepage can find one for me, I’m in that line. Love to watch my paycheck slaughtered weekly, somehow that happens. I make * then I look at the direct deposit, it doesn’t resemble my paystub. I’d give birth again for a tax deduction, but the math doesn’t quite add up.

      • StillRelaxin

        Then you must be placing yourself in the well-to-do income bracket. Life sure must be looking good whenever Paul speaks of getting rid of those who can’t support themselves while abusing those who can more, more, more! Just a note of caution to you here, tread lightly because I’m hearing rumblings that the serfs are preparing to rebel next November.                      

  • Anonymous

    Why not cut out  the methadone clinics. They get free drugs and some of them get a free ride there and back home 7 days a week that mainecare pays for. Have manatory drug testing for mainecare. My husband has to take a drug test for work and gets no second chance why should they. Theres alot of places they could cut with out hurting the working people that might need some extra help.

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t you heard, can’t cut methadone clinics because drug addiction is a disease and protected by the ADA….

      • Anonymous

        Even if they were given the methadone why is it that they get reimbursed for mileage to and from the clinic.  My insurance company doesn’t pay my transportation to and from my doctors appointments.  This seems to one of the places that need to be looked at.  If people are given free insurance why do they also qualify for all this extra stuff.  I heard that anyone on mainecare can get either a free ride on public transportation or can get reimbursed by the transporation company for any appointments they drive to.  What other insurance does that!  Its just to much — give them their methodone and mainecare but why tack on all these extras?

        • I heard there is a monkey loose in the woods and it rides a moose to get around the forest. What else have you heard?

          • Anonymous

            They absolutely get reimbursed for travel to and from the clinic. CHeck it out, if you don’t believe it.

          • Anonymous

            Waldo County Transportation, Kennebec Valley Transportation and many more — give them a call.  Any transportation to a mainecare billable service is reimbursable.  So even if they don’t give you a ride and you have to take your own car you can get reimbursed.  Give them a call and ask about their “friends, family and neighbors” program.  Keep chasing those monkeys and look like the uninformed person you must be.  There are lots of programs that are add-ons to mainecare that people paying for their insurance don’t get.  If its important for mainecare people to get this service then why isn’t it mandated for all insurance companies to offer the service?  I’m just saying that if some of the stuff was elimanated then perhaps more people could stay on the actual maincare insurance.

        • Anonymous

          If their income qualifies them they also get reimbursed for any medical appointment.

        • OldWench

          There are a lot of reasons regarding transportation help…first, a lot of recovering addicts have lost about everything and don’t have a car or have lost their license.  They either need to use transportation services or find someone willing to transport them.  Most addicts have managed to alienate about everyone who had been willing to trust and help them before.  The assistance helps ensure people can get to the treatment center to get their dose.  If they stopped helping with transportation it would mean providing carries.  That’s not a good idea because it would ultimately lead to more methadone on the streets.  I personally think the state should just have a mobile dosing service that has a few vans that go dose people at their homes.  It would probably be cheaper.

          • Anonymous

            That’s r-r-r-i-i-g-g-h-t!  Let’s get’em on Methadone!  Have NEVER YET met a person who no longer doses on methadone.  The methadone clinics do NOT exist to cure people of their addictions.  Anyone who really wants to be cured of their addiction can do it without methadone.  Methadone clinics exist to MAKE A PROFIT.

          • Anonymous

            How, precisely, does an addict get off drugs without assistance?

          • Anonymous

            Go to any NA or AA meeting and you will  hundreds of people who have done exactly that.

          • Guest

            Anyone taking methadone is not recovering.   They are still a full blown addict.  The fact that they have alienated most people that know them is the price they pay for their life choices.

          • Anonymous

            They are not recovering if they don’t get off of methadone. substituting one drug for another is not recovering at all. What happens to me if I give up smoking and start chewing. People around me won’t have to deal with the second hand smoke but I will still be addicted.

      • Anonymous

        bologna

        • Anonymous

          When I was on Maine Care I was advised MULTIPLE times that I qualified to submit my gas mileage for reimbursement….I was pregnant and lived in Orono and I made it to all of my appointments just fine. I had to deny this “benefit” so often that I am not surprised that it is going broke. 

        • Is that in Italy?

      • I am listening. Have not heard from anyone sane yet.

    • Anonymous

      Well stated. They are getting KVCAP transportation 7 days a week and methadone. Free drugs!!  Cut this FAT Lepage.

      • Did someone say free drugs? When did that become a bad thing?

        • Anonymous

          When people started abusing them and taxpayers had to start paying for them. Meth clinics, need I say more. Meth clinics were suppose to cure them, short term, but instead they go for a lifetime it seems. No end in sight, get fix daily. Plus other drugs added. If you want your meth you should at least have to test clean for all your other illegal drugs. Meth clinics were suppose to be the cure, not the dealer.

      • Anonymous

        Not nice to call LePage FAT!

        • Tyke

          oops. Sorry, didn’t scroll down far enough to see you beat me to it.

          :)

      • Tyke

        You shouldn’t call Lepage FAT.

        It isn’t nice.

        • Anonymous

          Oops, should I edit.
          Cut this FAT, Lepage!

    • Anonymous

      Even if people need the Methadone, why must they be mollycoddled by having it doled out daily? I’m with you in thinking the transportation could be cut out. Let these people have a co-pay for their drugs and give them a month’s supply like any other pharmaceutical prescribed for them.

      • jimbobhol

        Giving it out daily is to ensure they take it without abusing it.

        • Anonymous

          They abuse it anyway.  They palm their pills, hide it in their mouths, and sell it. 

        • Anonymous

          How about taking them off it, making them drug free??? Ever rode with anyone on this stuff? I did one time, and never again. He was staff, my boss said I had to. Thats not my boss anymore. Do they continue to give them meth in jail or do they detox them and its over. Just hand them a cup of phych drugs?  I’m not familiar with inside of prison. The ex-cons do tell me that its easy in there to convince the doctors to give you antidepressants and phych drugs. Guess they like calm, managable prisoners.

        • Anonymous

          No…it’s to make sure they don’t sell it.

      • Define “mollycoddled”. Sounds perverse to me. Just saying………

    • Anonymous

      methaodone clinics are not the problem.   Probably.005  percent of your .36 cents on a dollar are spent for them…  And, frankly, I would rather have them get help ,  prior to entering into the state prison system, which is 100%.   

      What is it that makes people happy?   I’ll say this, there is much, much more than to society than making who want to pay less, and earn more, ….happy.   But there is only a job and a little money that makes makes many, many more ….smile.

      I’ve listened and read about how tax breaks do this for corporations, and how welfare does this for poor people. What is the back bone of american society?…….the middle class!, They are the ones that give and they are the one’s that spend, why on earth are we disregarding the most important? ……Oh, I know why, cuz they are the ones that actually PAY their billsl!

      • Anonymous

        When they can afford to.

    • Anonymous

      God forbid people who are trying to stay off drugs should have any medical care that helps them do so. God forbid that if they have no transportation, they are offered a way to get to the clinic.

      Republican dream: drug addicts stay addicted and burglarize your home.

      • Anonymous

        If the people going to the clinics truly want to get off drugs they would do what it takes to get there. The ones getting the rides are just State fed drug addicts. I’m sorry, but this State  does not have the money to be  a welfare State.  We need to spend all the money we spend on entitlements, and create incentives for the manufacturing jobs to come back. The people of this State need to survive on there own, work, or leave the State. 

        • Anonymous

          The clinics are dedicated to helping people get off drugs. Sometimes long-term methadone use is required. Remove the methadone, and the craving for illegal drugs resumes, and wrecks a life that was starting to get back on track.

          Withdrawal from hard drugs is excruciating, and can cause death if done cold turkey. The most usual result is that the person returns to illegal drugs in desperation.

          The real “entitlements” are tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Those seem to be untouchable. The Republican leadership is determined that ordinary folks will fight one another, and not go after the special deals the ultra-rich get. You might save a few thousand (briefly–until it’s time to incarcerate them) by refusing treatment to a drug addict, while losing millions in special tax breaks for a millioniare.

          • Anonymous

            Who “wrecked the life” in the first place?
            So because of their poor life decisions, we are required to have a pet drug addict to take care of for the rest of their lives?

          • Anonymous

            We will end up paying for their care one way or another–either methadone treatment, or far more expensive incarceration (resulting from serious crimes, some of which might affect YOU).

            Society routinely pays for people’s poor life decisions–think about the billions of dollars that had to be spent to bail out Wall Street and banks, after Republican determination not to regulate them sufficiently left them free to play with other people’s money. They brought the entire US economy to the brink of destruction.

            We also pay one way or another for ordinary citizens’ bad choices. Someone drinks and drives, and gets into a crash. Our car insurance rates go up, since the insurance company has to make up for that pay-out. Our health insurance rates go up, since the drunken driver and passengers need medical care–maybe long-term.

            Someone smokes cigarettes. Our insurance premiums help pay for their cancer treatments. I don’t smoke, but I seem to have a lot of “pet” cigarette smokers whose medical care I help pay for. But I don’t think of them in derogatory terms. They are PEOPLE who got hooked on nicotine, some of them at a very young age.

          • Anonymous

            If it really worked to get them clean I would be all for it.  Instead it is just a _legal_ substitute for and illegal addiction.

      • Guest

        Democratic dream:   Everyone is a drug addict and democrat cronies make big bucks for life supplying the addicts.

        Republican dream:  Addicts grow up, take responsibility for their decisions, go cold  turkey, and make something of their lives.

      • Anonymous

        “Republican dream: drug addicts stay addicted and burglarize your home.”Yes, that actually would be perfect. It may get them out of society and into prison where they belong, or more likely to the morgue, which would be a win win situation.

      • Gotta remember that it was Rep President Reagan that spent billions on this war on drugs, slashed social programs, and said “fend for yourself” we will let the rich “job creators” make jobs for the poor. So when their God speaks, they listen. He says no help for addicts let em die, here they are 30 years later still banging that drum. While I won’t go this far, I am sure that there are some on the extreme left that will tell you Reagan had the C.I.A. bring in crack to the inner city in an effort to kill off the addicts. I don’t buy it, but the rumor has survived these last 30 years, but then again so has the 2nd gunman on the grassy knoll…

      • Anonymous

        Get a grip on reality, Liz.  THe ones breaking into homes ARE in the methadone program!

        • Anonymous

          Please provide proof for your assertion that only people IN TREATMENT for drug addiction are breaking into people’s homes to steal drugs (or money for drugs).

          • Anonymous

            To quote Ronald Reagan, “There you go again!”  Show me WHERE I said that ONLY people IN TREATMENT are the ones breaking into homes.  As for whether or not people in treatment are still commiting crimes to acquire drugs, ask any cop, prosecutor, or defense attorney in town.

    • gaily

      Some of them car pool but all get re-embursed for gas.  So, 1 car gets used to get 4 to the clinic but 4 get gas money.

    • Anonymous

      They get free transportation to get meth when some of our towns can’t afford to bus kids to school…lovely.

    • Anonymous

      It sure is nice to pay for these people to go from one drug addiction to another drug addiction. Just that the new one is approved by the government.

  • Anonymous

    Gov. LePage is doing such a great job at encouraging many of the welfare dependent Mainers to be more self-sufficient. This is an extremely difficult task after decades of liberal cultivation “entitlement as way of life” programs.

    • Anonymous

      I’d buy your hypothesis if there were enough jobs with health benefits for these people to encourage their becoming “more self sufficient”.  But some people are physically or mentally unable to ever be self sufficient. As long as LePage can throw these people under a bus, he doesn’t seem to care if they’re able to jump out of the way.

      • How can you say that LePage is throwing the mentally unable to be self sufficient under the bus?  The article says if they are making more than $22,350 but mentally unable to be self sufficient implies considerably less than that amount like maybe $00.00?? 

        • Anonymous

          Reporting Fraud in Maine
          Allegations of fraud or attempted fraud involving funds, including Food Stamps,
          administered by the Department of Health and Human Services should be sent to:
          Fraud, Investigation and Recovery
          11 State House Station
          Whitten Road
          Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

          Phone numbers for DHHS Fraud office are:
          1-207-287-2409 and 1-800-442-6003
          Further questions and suspicions can also be submitted by e-mail.
          Fraud.Dhhs@maine.gov

          Contact the Office of the Attorney General
          Phone: 207-626-8800
          Mailing Address:
          Office of the Attorney General
          6 State House Station
          Augusta, ME 04333

          http://www.maine.gov/ag/contact.html

          Do All three, Phone, E-mail and send a Letter.
          Follow-up in 30 days with a Certified letter if no response.
          Send a letter Directly to the Governor’s Office, that should get their attention.
          Keep a written log of actions and attempts to notify.
          Hold them Responsible!

    • Anonymous

      Whether you take a rosy view of this abomination or not I suppose, depends on if you have something or have nothing. To excoriate those who have no jobs where no jobs exist, have no means to afford the basics of everyday life, cannot afford health care because they have no job and squawk about the evils of “Obama care” and the inferiority of the underclass is to imitate the “Christian” hypocrites of old days who blamed slavery on the slaves and held that they were beasts and not men women and children and only entitled to what real( White) Americans chose to give them..  Too many people seem to think they are entitled to ” life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” They need to be educated to understand that means  freedom to starve.  In this troubled land what is the answer to the question “Am I my brothers keeper?”  Minions of the “Golden Penguin” will no doubt shout out a resounding no and revel in this diminution of America.

      • Anonymous

        Beautifully put.  LePage, as you probably know, is just a symptom of Milton Friedman’s “Chicago School” version of capitalism, which seeks to maximize corporate control over human life (privatization), minimize support for the needy, and allow billionaires to do what they please in the pursuit of profit. 

        The results, across the world over the last three decades, have been horrific.  The disappearance of the middle class, the rising of a rich elite class, and misery for huge numbers of people. 

        • Anonymous

          Blaming the rich once again is a bunch of BS.  It’s not the rich stopping me from getting to the 1%.  It’s government and all this over regulation, lack of planning and out of control spending.  If you have any amount of money to invest, you can easily get richer year after year by simply investing in a smart, efficient way.  Getting a 5% rate of return on a $1 million investment will increase your net worth by $50,000 annually, that’s how the rich get richer.  Now for the poor.  Due to this dysfunctional government and the lack of an energy plan and wasteful spending, I’m forced to spend an extra $300-400 every time I fill my oil tank this winter and another $15-30 every time I fill my gas tank.   The price of food and any product we buy is skyrocketing to make up for the price of high energy and all you can do is blame the rich.  I had to decrease my 401k  contributions from 12% to 7% to have more money for food and fuel this year and this alone may prevent me from getting to the 1%.   It’s time you stop blaming the rich and pay attention to all the crap that you pay for that is cause by having a dysfunctional government.  If government would leave more money in my pocket at the end of the week, I’d be able to make it work for me while being on the road to being one of the rich. 

      • Anonymous

        Slaves? Could you possibly have the slave mentality backwards? People work to take care of their families, and the government seizes a percentage of what you earn to take care of someone else’s family first, before you are allowed to take care of your own. Who is the slave? The people who do the work or the people who receive what we earn?
        Are the people who continue to have children while on welfare the slaves, or the people that they expect to work and pay for their children the slaves?
        Are the people who spent their education years stoned or knocked up the slaves, or the people who paid attention and learned something during their education years, made something of themselves, and are now burdened with supporting the people who didn’t take their education seriously the slaves?
        If someone sits back and benefits from the labor of others, who is the slave?  

        • Anonymous

          Your comments seem to be a latter day variant of Rudyard Kipling’s feel good  justification for all manner of dirty dealings.  The “White Man’s Burden” come again.  I have lived long enough to see the pronouncement of that charismatic  madwoman of rock, Janis Joplin, come to fruition.  “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

          • Anonymous

            If you’re going to quote some stoner like Janis Joplin you have nothing to say.

          • Anonymous

            “If someone sits back and benefits from the labor of others, who is the slave?”

            ya mean like vulture capitalists?  its  the ones that have been doing their best and working that are getting screwed. the ones you whine about gaming the system are a small minority.

            of course everything changes when you or ones of yours, after doing the right thing for 20-30 years, gets canned  because of the bottom line.

          • Yea cause no one who has ever used a drug is worth anything. Socrates, DaVince, Poe, Hemmingway, Washington, Jefferson… not of them were brilliant and had anything to say worth listening to because they used drugs.

          • Guest

            I’m pretty sure they paid for all of their own habits.

          • Millicent

            lol, I’m pretty sure a few of them could legally grow their own “habits” for free. 

          • Anonymous

            usually the brilliant writers and performers are the wounded that see what the non wounded don’t see

          • I know, that was my point, Saying Janice had nothing worth listening to simply because she did drugs is about as closed minded as it gets.

          • Anonymous

            Hey there, Dane, careful about name-dropping.  The Repubs will next ask if any of them is a registered Maine voter.

          • Lol good point.

          • Anonymous

            You seem very selective in who you choose to recognize  as possessing rights and opinions, maybe even insight or wisdom.  The brotherhood of humanity is difficult for you to swallow, even in our own country. Lots of gods children just don’t measure up for you. Do they?  But then we already knew that didn’t we.

          • Guest

            You think you are humane because you have your money taken from you by the government to give to others?
            Humanity is when people give freely, not when you take from them.
            Charity starts at home but your method of taking from others before they can even provide for their own family is wrong.  Allow us to provide for our own and then allow us to show charity in our own way.  Forcing us to give to loose young ladies with no moral character does not teach them the error of their ways.
            Forcing us to give to pay for free drugs to addicts punishes those of us who did not choose to become addicts.
            Your methods teach all the wrong values and unfortunately the moral decay this country has experienced over the last 50 years  has been the result.
            Now we have people like you and others who don’t understand why what you are doing is wrong and who feel like you are owed something from those of us who made the right choices in life.
            Unreal!

          • Anonymous

            as the governor says”bull sh*t” and your right choices in life go in the toilet when the bottom falls out for you.

          • Guest

            Your claim is that the majority of those with their handout just had the dice roll the wrong way their whole lives?
            Wow!
            That is one heck of a claim.

          • Anonymous

            its one heck of a claim that anyone called succesful didnt have a load of help and good luck to go with it.
            how many people that worked  faithfully for a company for 20-30-40 years and then a vulture capitalist hits and they lose it all. they did everything right but they got screwed  so a  ceo can have  10 or 20 million dollar paycheck

          • Guest

            Is Venture Capitalist the new buzz word for the left today?
            I’m betting there are a lot fewer people who fit the picture you have painted than you think.
            Just showing up everyday on time and putting the widget into the gizmo is not and never has been any sort of method to achieve success in life.  If that is the system you and these other mythical employees you point to are using than it isn’t much wonder that they had no prospects when the doors closed and locked on ye old factory.
            If you are just putting your time in every day and no more, and you believe that is supposed to be good enough to earn you protection for life, you have been lied to.

          • Guest

            Great post.

          • Anonymous

            I am so tired of people blaming the “loose young women.”  What about the loose young men who participated in the act, but can’t be bothered with supporting their child(ren)??  If you’re going to start mudslinging, at least be an equal opportunity slinger!

          • Anonymous

            it is 2012 and birth controll isn’t rocket science………

          • Anonymous

            No, birth control isn’t rocket science…for both sexes.  And one doesn’t require a visit to a doctor.  Both parties are responsible, and need to be held accountable.

          • Guest

            No mudslinging to it.
            You and yours will not allow the loose young man a say in whether there is or is not a child at all.  
            You say that is the mother’s body and her choice.
            You can’t have it both ways.  
            If you want equal responsibility for the mother’s body and her choices so that the loose young man has to take equal responsibility than allow him equal say.  If, however, it is as you say, “her body her choice” than it is also “her body, her choice” when she had sex.

          • Anonymous

            “You and yours?”  In what universe did you read my post?  I was talking about personal accountability for both parties.  Where did you get “you and yours?”

          • Guest

            You claim both have equal responsibility and I surmised by your post that you probably didn’t feel the same about equal responsibility when it came to the choice of aborting the child.
            Was I wrong?  
            Do you feel the prospective father should have a say in whether or not the child should even be born?

          • Anonymous

            You were wrong, and yes I do feel the prospective father has a say.  If she doesn’t want to abort, then the father should be able to sign away his parental rights and responsibilities, including child support, or should be able to force an adoption.  By the same token, if she wants to abort and he wants to either raise the child or put it up for adoption, he should be able to have that say as well.  It is a complicated issue, with no easy answer, but both parties made that child and both parties have a say.  Anything else you want to incorrectly surmise?

          • Anonymous

            Hang it up, redsquirrel1, they just refuse to “get it.”  I’d suggest they read Animal Farm, but I think the point would go sailing miles over their heads.  The more I read their comments, the more I’m convinced that to be a republican today, one must be stubborn and stupid.

          • Anonymous

            She only sang it.  Chris Christoperson wrote it…and he was talking about being free from committment to one woman.  When he let her go, he was sorry.  

          • Anonymous

            People used to disparage Twain, too.

        • Anonymous

          If you truly believe that, then you somehow believe that the government spends wisely, uses its tax money to take care of all these schleps that dont want to work and that is the reason this country is broke.  It obviously couldnt be from programs that are bogus that are used to fund political campaigns, special interest groups and shopping trips to far off lands for the rich and famous of our political system.  I hear every couple of weeks how my goverment spent this much money on this which benefits NOBODY, or spent this much here to bail out a company that has since laid off all of its workers and are now filing for bankruptcy and i have to wonder.  WHERE SIR, is your HUMANITY?   Should everyone in this world have a right to a fairly decent life.  Shouldnt everyone be able to eat, have a warm place to sleep, a job if they are capable and help if they are not.  Did Jesus die on the cross to forgive all for thier sins, or did he di so that P Diddy would have mansions all over the globe?  Did he truly expect that Kim Kardashian would make 10 million on a 72 day marriage while people in Florida live on the streets and eat out of garbage cans.  Did he expect that politicians would spend literally BILLIONS of dollars on campaigns while the people of the world seek a job, lose thier entire life savings becuase of foreclosures on thier homes, and businesses all over the world shutting down, and eventually turning to drugs, illegal activities, and in many cases suicide because they can no longer take it.  If every person with money would spend a day WITHOUT it, maybe they would understand how the 99% feel, but most of them would never ever make that type of sacrifice.  They will continue to do as you have in your post.  They will have a hatred for those that cannot fend for themselves and that might cost them a new boat or car.  They will catcall to “Get a Job, Get a life, you bum” while never once thinking for a second what it must be like in thier shoes, but you see sir, one day they WILL have to answer for thier lack of caring for thier fellow man, to the same person who died for ALL OF US, and i have a sneaking suspicion, that he is gonna be pretty PEE-ED off about it.

          • Anonymous

            First, I think you are entitled to what you earn, period.
            As for your mythical god, that is for the weak minded, who feel the need to have some invisible character to lean on, that is magically going to come and make it all better. Of course, he, she, they…never seem to show up.

        • Anonymous

          Slavery is requiring someone else to work for you without recompense.  Taxpayers are the slaves of government:  our wages and investments are taken to give to others.  Ultimately, we are the slaves of those who do not work and are given the fruits of our labors.

      • I guess that you forgot to read the article before you posted your rhetoric directly from the Maine Democrat Headquarters website.

      • Anonymous

        If you have no job, how are you making the $22,350 minimum for coverage?  If you are not making the minimum, you are covered.  

      • Anonymous

        Just an observation but you seem to have a propensity to distort what has been proposed by the Gov.  For instance, using the phrase “To excoriate those who have no jobs where no jobs exist” to describe what the Gov. plans is I believe is a fabrication meant to mislead us. You also said “Too many people seem to think they are entitled to ” life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” “.   How is that statement relative to the discussion or staying on topic?  Besides, every American is  entitled to ” life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”    I would really like to hear what you have to say about the Gov.’s proposal in more simple terms because I’m not nearly as educated as you seem to be.

    • Either/or thinking is the product of an uneducated mind. Please all you dullards keep it up it protects my millions of dollars I make off food stamps buying exxon stocks. Peace out.

      • Tyke

        Some clever Tea Type will take your sarcasm as real and now begin spreading the story that they “know” someone who has made millions using food stamps to buy exxon stocks.

        … because that is the kind of tripe they truly WANT to believe for some unfathomable reason. Then they repeat it over and over and over as gospel.

    • Yea, what a crazy culture we live in when people think they are “entitled” to a small amount of health care and a livable wage…

      • Anonymous

        Instead of uniting in this “United  States”.  Lets demonize and denigrate what made this place the onetime lamp of the world.

        • But its the same thing that is Extinguishing It!

          Greed!

        • gaily

          And it wasn’t gimmee, gimmee, gimmee!  It was work!  And it was hard!

      • Anonymous

        Is everyone “entitled” to a livable wage?… and I am not sure what you categorize as a “small amount” of healthcare?  How much should the 20 year old high school dropout or person who never went past high school to learn a trade, etc be “entitled” to make?  Heck, I have several degrees, and I am not sure what wage I am “entitled” to receive.  

        If every position in every company/small business had to pay what the liberals want (in the name of a livable wage), what do you think a loaf of bread would cost?   

        There are many on the government dole who have no intention of ever working.  Anybody who truly believes the only reason the number receiving benefits is so high is because there aren’t enough jobs is delusional.  Or maybe it is that there aren’t enough jobs “worth” taking.

      • Anonymous

        Here is a crazy culture for you; you are entitled to what you earn…period, not what someone else earns.

        • Anonymous

          I’m kind of with you on this. I have my own helath insurance through my job. I have to pay a part of the premium. That part is dictated by my employer. I have often wondered why, if I have to pay for my own insurance, do I have to pay taxes to cover other people? I think that if you can provide proof that you buy your own insurance, that part of your taxes should not be taken out. No matter how small that amount is.

        • Anonymous

          Not what the bible says, It say that you need to help your fellow man. A lot of these people are struggling. Doing the best they can. You use a an example of a drop out to make your case. But that is the majority of people. Most are just out there trying to get by. Why do people think that EVERYONE on welfare is a leech? Most are trying to find better work and go quietly about there lives. 

          • Anonymous

            The Bible? Are you serious? Steven Spielberg has written more believable stories. Give me a break with the religious BS. It exists solely for the weak minded, who feel need to believe some mythical character is going to appear and make it all better. Maybe a little science and logic would benefit you.  

      • gaily

        Gosh, my Mother was from a family of 12.  Her Mother died when she was 4yrs. old which left the Dad and older siblings to keep the family going and together.  And they did.  No healthcare, no welfare, no food stamps, etc.  They hauled water in a wagon from the well, had a 3 seater, heated with wood, had plenty to eat and walked to school.  However did they survive????  Times were tough but they all had to take personal responsibility.  In my life, I give to the organizations that I feel really help the “needy”.  And as I look around me, I see people on Welfare, food stamps, free health care, etc., that have more than I do and I’ve worked all my life.

        • Anonymous

          What do you think people are doing today? Most people on welfare are just going quietly about there lives trying to make ends meet. And have you been in these peoples homes? have you walked in there shoes? No, Then you have no idea how much they have. 

        • I grew up in those days as well.  It was hard, but we got by with what we had. Today it’s not that easy, as prices of food, gas, rent and utilities have sky rocketed. Some posters complain about those who they happen to see in supermarkets using food stamps and buy food items they can’t afford to buy, and whine about it. You have no idea the reason behind buying them. You just assume that they are abusing the system, by living better they you do.  That’s so far from the truth. You don’t know how they live. Just seeing them buy some foods, you are a expert in human behavior.  I can rightfully say, that they are not living high on the hog everyday. Sure, some buy things that are pricey, like lobster, I which is cheaper then most meats) or soda’s or sugary treats.  I’m on snaps to, and I buy a few items that maybe I shouldn’t, but I have cravings for some sugary treats, and I admit I buy soda’s as well. Now I don’t buy a lot of them, maybe a 6 pack or 2..or a 2 lit. bottle, but I don’t fill up my cart with them.  I do get cookies, (oreo’s ) my fav, but I don’t over do that as well. I don’t buy lobster, can’t stand it. Hey, unless you walk in my shoes, or shoes of others who needs a little help, then you need to stop assuming they are living better then you are. If I was able to work, which I’m not, I’d rather be working.  I’m on SSI, and living okay.  I sure am not living high on the hog, but I make it work for me. I don’t receive welfare other then the Snap and $10 a month. They don’t pay my rent, or any other extras I may have. I’m grateful for what I do have. I’ve worked and did what I had to for myself a lot of years. I became disabled and now have to deal with some medical issues.  I’m not complaining or say ‘why me’, I just deal with it, and live.  What LePage is trying to do, is wrong in so many ways. I realize there needs some work to do, but taking way from those who needs that help and place it more on the tax payers, isn’t the way to do it. I just hope those in Augusta rejects this bill, and tell him that he needs to come up with something we all can live with.  

      • Anonymous

        The only way to give health care to everyone is to make the health care workers slaves.  Period.  Otherwise, people have to pay for the healthcare…which is not something you find lying on the ground somewhere.

        People need water to live, but that does not mean that everyone lives somewhere with sufficient clean water.  They have to go somewhere to get it.  They can sit in the middle of the dessert and whine that they need water, but unless they do something they will die.

        No one is entitled to healthcare or a livable wage.  If we had a natural right to it we would not have to do anything.  I think the last time that was true might have been in the Garden of Eden.

    • Anonymous

      Good for the governor. Enough of this liberal inspired entitlement mentality for Maine. Unfortunately there are many interest groups, think tanks and non-profits at the trough now, all of whom make needed change very difficult.

      • Anonymous

        It seems simple to you….that change isn’t difficult…

        How about those people, elderly, that he had every intention of cutting off.-   suppose that would be difficult?.    And don’t placate me with the idea that DHHS would care and single out these “obvious needy”.,   that’s a bunch of crap.       They would have to prove that they are “obviously needy”……..    The Governor says that the Dems. haven’t come up with a plan?,….why would they?      It’s NOT their plan it’s his, and all he can do is say that the dems haven’t come up with a plan?……..well, the news is…the republicans on the committee don’t like his plan either!……   fix the tire, don’t look for the nail, change the tire and get on with it..

    • Anonymous

      Really?…..independent      Let’s talk about his daughter.    Let’s talk about making sure that this governor,  who had to have help getting into college through Peter Snowe,  has a plan.    He has a plan alright……and it’s not what Maine is about.     Extremely difficult task at what?   You should have been thee after after the Longley thing…. I”m  sure that when he was running the streets of Lewiston,   he got a few favors…he got one from Peter Snowe?     Le Page is full  of BS……..everyone knows it, the legislature is trying to get around it…..he’s history,     and his daughter too. What Paul Le Page does best, is broker…and he thinks that he can broker anyting…..but he’s wrong….

      • Anonymous

        “LePage is full of BS’.  Why because he is cutting the entitlement programs that Liberals love so much.  The only ones that are full of BS are Liberals and their supporters.  They are in such denial over the economic problems this state is in.  They want us to vote them back into power so they can continue these failed programs not a chance.  It is time for these cuts to be made and time to focus on putting our economy back on track.

        • Anonymous

          You amuse me with your rhetoric, and yet,  you offer no conclusion.        That’s the shame of the Tea Party…they know what’s wrong…..but have no idea how to fix it and add. tax fairness and equality. Accordant to your line of view, the middle class is in the way.      Such a shame   ………  say hi to Ross Perot !

          • Anonymous

            You’re the amusing one. What is your idea to fix the problem, raise taxes? Exactly what percentage of what I earn do you think you deserve? Should I have to get a second job to take care of my family and also someone else who doesn’t get job #1?
            So…some people took responsibility for their future, educated themselves, and became successful. Others did not take responsibility for their future, and are now qualified to work at McDonalds. Now the responsible people are required to support the irresponsible people for the rest of their lives.
            Unemployment is below the national average in this state now. There are jobs. They may not be what people want to do, and people may even need 2 jobs to support their family, but they need to do what it takes, not expect someone else to support them.
            North Dakota is screaming for workers, and paying unbelievable wages. $17-$18 per hour to work at McDonalds. Sometimes you have to go to where the work is to support your family, whether you want to or not. It’s called responsibility.

          • There you go, $17-$18 to work at McDonald’s. That is an extreme case, but the best answer to this problem is to make minimum wage a living wage. It really is that simple.

          • Guest

            Let’s say for a second that you are right and making minimum wage a living wage is the best answer.  Let’s say we make it $20 and hour.
            Sounds good right?
            If everyone must be paid at leas t$20 an hour why should anyone ever graduate high school or work to excel?
            After all, your making sure I have enough to live off of.
            All of that of course is assuming prices don’t do what they always do when lots of people make more money.
            They all go up!
            Every single one of them.
            So now the price to rent has gone up to $1000 a month and Food is up to $300 a week etc……. and the uneducated kiddies out there say they need the min wage to be $30 and hour.
            You going to raise it again?

          • I say $17-$18 is an extreme case and you go to $20 to make your point? I was thinking more along the $12-$14 you know, 25 to 30k a year. So since you want all these “welfare lazies” to got work and there seems to be all these minimum wage jobs they can walk right into, why not make them livable wage jobs? It will not cause inflation, because remember these aren’t rich people who don’t spend. They will turn around an put that money right back into the economy buying things, and creating jobs. Why do you think Christmas and Tax Rebate time are so lucrative to stores? Because the poor and middle class spend and drive our economy.

          • Guest

            $12-20 the situation remains the same.  You guarantee an income to many who will take the minimum they can get by on and will do the minimum they can get away with to earn it.
            And yes you would still get inflation.  There has never been a case that I know of where an infusion of cash did not create higher prices.  Every business would have to pay more and every business would have to charge more.  WE pay for that in the end.
            Isn’t it better to teach our children that they have to work hard to get ahead in life?

          • So you are saying that people who work at McDonald’s in an attempt to stay off social services don’t work hard and aren’t deserving of a living wage?

          • Guest

            No that is what you just said.
            If I were to use my own words I would say that the pay given out at McDonalds is exactly what that worker agreed to be paid once shown the job he or she would be required to do.
            If they want more money they should either demand more money for the job or go do another job.

          • Ok so lets repeal the minimum wage act, disband OSHA, oh and if we are going to teach our kids to work hard then lets repeal the child labor laws while we are at it. You know teach em right, teach em young… So that way the rich who inherited their money and haven’t worked a day in their life can decide what is fair and equitable in pay. Oh wait we already did that, which is why we have the minimum wage act, OSHA, and child labor laws because the U.S. Steel’s of the world abused workers and refused fair wages and safe working conditions.

          • Guest

            Now look at who jumped off the extreme deep end.

          • Anonymous

            Though the problem with the Libs they will want benefits and other  handouts (Welfare) on top of the living wage .  While having the government impose higher taxes and new business regulations to finance these freebies.   The Liberals want everything imposed to hurt businesses and those who create jobs so they can live the good life. 

          • Anonymous

            No the issue is not to make walfare, food stamps, fuel assistance, and all the other stuff add up to minimum wage!  They will never get off these programs if they lose money, I have seen it…..

          • Anonymous

            McDonald’s in some parts of North Dakota might be paying $17 an hour…it is because there are really lucrative jobs in that state and they need to offer something to get the workers.  If you raise the minimum wage, everything (especially union jobs that are based on multiples of minimum) goes up.  There is no way to assure a ‘living’ wage.  Except for each person to do what they can to make themselves marketable and then work.  My father had 3 jobs most of his life to keep us housed and clothed and fed.

          • Anonymous

            That simple huh? What a joke. Do you think the business owner is going to absorb airline pilot pay for someone pressing the “Big Mac” button? They would raise prices and pass it on to the consumer. Then you would be paying $30 for a hamburger, and be right back where you started.
            Your idea would close every business in a matter of days. 

          • Anonymous

            all of the posters that try to defend this are fools

            In 1981 average salaries for the securities industry in New York City were $85,000 verses $43,000 for all other sectors in New York City In 2010 that number had changed Average salary for Wall St. $361,000 verses $66,000 for all other sectors. So the ratio has grown from about 2-1 to 6 -1 The 400 richest families in America have more wealth than the bottom 150 million people. The bottom 80% of us now have 7% of the wealth. The top 10% control two thirds of the nations wealth Almost all the growth in wealth since Reaganomics began went to the top 10% 2007-2009 Wall Street profits up 720% Unemployment rate up 102% American’s home equity down 35% In 1979 average CEO made 25-40 times what average worker made. They now make 250-400 times as much. Since 1950, federal payroll tax revenue went from 10% of the total, to over 40% Corporate effective tax rate went from about 25% to about 8% of total federal tax revenue Average loss/gain in income per household from 1979 to 2005 top 1% + $597,241 more next 4% + $29,8985 more next4% + $4,912 more next 10% – $3,733 less next 20% – $8,598 less next 20% – $10,100 less next 20% – $8,582 less bottom 20% – $5,623 less Normalized to 1979, the top 1% have seen their share of America’s income more than double. The bottom 90% have seen their portion shrink Since 1990: US corporate profits: +200% corporate employee compensation: +20% median family income: +2% Since 2000: US corporate profits: +80% corporate employee compensation: +8% median family income: -5% (All figures are inflation-adjusted.) Source: Sacramento Bee

          • Anonymous

            where are all the defenders?

          • Anonymous

            Almost all of us are here because at one point in our families’ histories someone had the gumption to go where they could find work.  Now, many people want to stay where they are and whine about no jobs.  Very European attitude…not American at all!

          • Anonymous

            been cutting taxes for the wealthy and business for 40 years, where has it gotten us? the bush tax cuts are still in efect, where are the jobs?
            when i was a child in 50s and 60s both of my parents didnt have to work. what happened to the middle class? they got screwed so the wealthy could get wealthier

          • Pay your Taxes and stop the Whining!

            “””ThatS””” Responsibility!

        • Anonymous

          The only way to get Americas economy back on track is to bring jobs back to america. Lets have a future not a past put America first and Wall Street last.

      • gaily

        And this State wasn’t in serious trouble before LePage came in here a year ago????  Where’s you’re memory?  We all know this State and Country is in dire staits and we have a President that right now wants over a TRILLION MORE to keep the Country going!  Now, something is terribly wrong here!  We just can’t keep spending, spending, and more spending!!!  Period!!  If we took ALL of the money from the rich, it wouldn’t make a dent here anymore.  In my house, we’ve cut back, cut down, re-adjusted our spending and the State and Washington have to do the same thing.  –  Or, should I spend myself into massave debt, max out all my credit cards and ask someone to help me pay it off????  And if all of you would be honest, we all know and see the abuses of unemployment, health care, and Welfare!!!!!

      • I guess that you think that because you needed no help in getting into college and LePage apparently did that you are better than Paul LePage and that certainly speaks volumes about you.

      • Anonymous

        The help he got from Snowe was to be able to take the SATS in French, which was his first language.  He did everything from that point on his own merit.

        As far as Lauren goes, I have nothing but good to say for her work ethic and abilities.  No one would do more in her job…and, there is no reason to NOT hire someone qualified who happens to be a family member.

        Did you mind Bobby Kennedy getting to be Attorney General?

        • Anonymous

          Not at all.  Did you?    As you say “there is no reason to NOT hire someone qualified who happens to be a family member”

          She didn’t get her job because she’s “qualified”   she got the job because she is his daughter.  Bobby Kennedy just happened to have a Harvard Law  degree in his pocket, and had gone after organized crime, specifically as it relates to unions.

          Peter Snowe also helped him get into Husson College, from what I understand, he didn’t do that great on the SAT, which he was in fact treated differently than others, due to Snowe.

    • Anonymous

      I think LePage is a joke taking maine care from the elderly really help maine become a bigger joke then it was before. I saw something in the new where an elderly woman got her penquis cap fuel assistance takin away because she got it last year and she dident know how she was gonna heat her home so i say great job LePage maine was a place where knowbody wanted to live before now nobody def wants to live here now. I have a young family and i am in school to become a firefighter/Paramedic and to better my familys life our best bet is to move out of maine and you can bet most young family like mine are going to be doing the same thing. so good luck Lepage its hard enough for young people to live in maine but now you are making it impossible for the elderly to live in maine also.

    • Anonymous

      On the face of things, your comments appear to make sense.  Anyone who is willing to take the time to educate oneself on this issue, however, soon finds that this “feather in Lepage’s cap” is impossible to implement, as his plan now stands.  Fortunately, we have educated legislators who can plow through the extraneous information, challenge his figures, and find the right solution.

  • Anonymous

    Too many people seem to think that they are “entitled to health care” which is not the case. Health care should be provided for children and those who are disabled and to seniors. But if you are capable of working,even a minimum wage position, part of  your weekly pay should be used to pay into a health care program. People who do not have insurance would pay into the program set up for them. They cold do without one less big screen tv.

    • Are you invoking Obamacare here?

      • Anonymous

        No, Iam not invoking Obamacare here. No other funds would go into this program. Certainly the program would have limits but its cost would be borne by the people in it.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I’m in and out of these homes regularly. They have money for suet for birds and birdfood. Dogfood, catfood and some litter. Rodents they feed (hamster or gerbils). Once in awhile and around easter I often encompass a rabbit or two. Cigarettes and many times beer or pot. I do notice it usually is one or the other, they don’t seem to mix beer and pot. Cut the animals and extras and pay for gas…..

    • Anonymous

      The problem is that minimum wage part time work doesn’t provide a living wage let alone the price of health care premiums. Our entire health care system is grossly unfair. The whole problem is that health care is supposed to be provided by employers who get tax subsidies for it. But nowadays most employers shift the cost of premiums to their employees. And those are just the lucky ones who still have full time jobs. 

    • You make sense until you take a shot with the big screen TV. I guess you have visited all these scoundrels at their homes to see their televisions. Seems to me someone someone is trying to cover themselves. You know the old painting the kettle thing. I have heard most people who whine about the poor are , you know, painting their kettles. I am just saying…….Whatever that means.

    • Anonymous

      we do it is called medicaid and if you are poor you qualify to receive it!

  • Anonymous

    It’s about time.  Way to go LePage!!

  • Guest

    Recoup the millions stolen by the appropriations committee and other government officials and it should all be a moot point

  • Anonymous

    And the Penguin administration continues it’s war on the poor.  Tonight we will read another 200 posts complaining about everything from unproven fraud to drug addicts to people who only have children for the financial ‘benefits.’  And while all this ignorance is both practiced and preached by Penguin and his followers, families all over this State will continue to have trouble making it, only now they’ll get to struggle without the healthcare, mental health counseling, transportation, medication and services that Mainecare would have provided.

    • Anonymous

      My question to you so called liberals is  why are you so dependent on a health care system run by big pharm?  Unless it’s necessary our family avoids the crappy health care system.   

      This issue is really about control, liberals love to control  and they way they are doing it is by making people think they need health care insurance.  We should be encouraging people to live more healthy life styles and not think a drug will cure every ailment.

      • Anonymous

        You know you might be on to something here. No one should have health care insurance. But???????? Didn’t you just say you have healthcare insurance. 

      • ?? There are so many disjointed comments on these blogs. Are there liberals and then all the good people. “Big Pharm” and drugs curing every ailment. Could you explain what you are trying to say?

        • Anonymous

          What I’m trying to say is stay away from our pharmaceutical controled health care system.  Get it now?

      • Anonymous

        Overgeneralize much?

        • Guest

          Just copying you.

      • Anonymous

        Where to start…

        You seem to be arguing that health care is not necessary. No annual physicals for you? Just eat right and exercise and you’ll be magically safe from getting cancer, having a heart attack or stroke? And if and when you DO become ill, not having health insurance will be helpful somehow?

        You seem to assume that if Republicans succeed in making sure that fewer and fewer people can have health insurance, they will magically become healthier?

        • Anonymous

          Some people may choose not to have a lot of this very expensive treatment.  I’ll give you a real life story.  My brother has stage 4 lung cancer, and has great private health insurance, so his treatment has been first rate, however his quality of life sucks, the only time he is out of his house is  for the endless doctors appointments.  He looks and sounds like crap and even the doctor has admitted that he just borrowing time when he(doctor) is milking in the money from the insurance company.  My brother continues to smoke.      Yes, I may someday get cancer have a stroke or heart attack,  but I can also choose not to have treatment , what’s wrong with that?  I rather leave money to my family then make some doctor rich off the last few miserable months of my life.  There’s a much better future waiting for me.

          • Anonymous

            I’m sorry to hear your brother is very ill. It sounds as if he DID benefit from treatment for a time, and that now his illness has become terminal. You and he are weary of this last stage.

            Back when your brother was first diagnosed, would he have chosen to die quickly rather than have treatment? Many people do believe in an afterlife (I count myself among them), but not everyone is eager to get there quickly by foregoing medical treatment for illness.

            Don’t bother with doctors when you get cancer, just die–is that the Republican prescription for Americans?

  • Anonymous

    Look beyond just the medical part of mainecare — those programs cost a ton.  Examples; 1. free transportation to and from doctors appointments (and local YMCA’s if your doctor says you need to exercise) What other insurance pays for that (if you don’t get a free ride than you can get reimbursed by a program called friends, family and neighbors) 2. One on one workers to work with kids with behavior problems (these are kids that are in school all day and are given up to 25 hours a week to take them out and play games etc with them after their school day)  No other insurance I know covers this service (in fact if you don’t have mainecare you can’t even get the service — and yes I know this for a fact)  These are just two foolish add ons to mainecare that would certainly bring the cost of the program down.  Why should people that recieve mainecare get special treatment.  I’m not saying they shouldn’t get the same but no insurance I’m aware of offers either of these services.

    • OldWench

      The one on one work with children would most likely be targeted case management that you are speaking of.  That is provided for children with certain diagnoses…like autism spectrum disorders, conduct disorders or other significant mental health diagnoses.  A case manager is the central person who makes sure that all agencies and treatment team members are working together.  Research has proven that case management services keep these children healthier.  It’s a crucial service.  It’s not about giving parents a break, it’s about ensuring the child is getting to their appointments and therapeutic activities that are part of a treatment plan.

      • Anonymous

        Parents are responsible for making sure this happens anyway.  It seems to me that not only do they have the mainecare they want the state to provide everything including the transportation to appointments.  Too me this seems a bit overboard — if the state has to cut, better they cut the extras than take insurance away from the many.

    • Anonymous

      I hope to God none of your kids or grandkids are ever born with a disabling genetic disorder, or develop a severe psychiatric illness. The care they will need will no longer exist, because you and others watched it a bit from a distance, knowing nothing about the  diagnoses and behaviors of the kids you saw, and decided no kids need therapeutic services.

      • Anonymous

        To late for hope…My daughter as Aspergers and a sever eating disorder.  So I do know exactly the feeling of hopelessness as a parent.  But, along with taking her to numerous appointments a week, laying next to her in hospital rooms, and begging her to just eat one more bite, I get up to 5 calls a day from the school, I take lunch to her everyday to make sure she eats — I work a full-time job. The reason I hold so tightly to this job is because I know I have to have that healthcare in order to keep her alive.  Don’t even try to preach to me, not until you yourself have stayed up for weeks until 3 in the morning until you daughter finally falls asleep and you know she won’t sneak in any more exercise to burn those few calories she ate for supper. I do know — I also know that the insurance I work for and hold on so tightly to does not offer me any one to come and take her out for me so I can get a break — they don’t pay for gas for my car to travel the state looking for that magical doctor who can make her well.  If these services are so important and necessary then why aren’t they available for all children?  Not just kids on mainecare?  More people could be covered if they didn’t have all the special things added.  So please don’t reply with your garabage of me not understanding or that you hope to God I don’t ever have this terrible crap invade my life (too late for that hope) — I pray to God every day that my daughter’s heart and mind will be strong enough to let her find her way out of this terrible illness. Good day to you!

        • Anonymous

          You’re truly suffering, and so is your daughter. My heart aches for your family.

          Our own daughter has a devastating genetic disorder. Our path is different, but also painful and hard.

          My aim is universal health insurance, nationwide, covering everyone. Republicans are fighting against this tooth and nail. They even hope to remove MaineCare from desperately poor Mainers–as many as possible.

          They claim that there is no money. But this crisis was manufactured by Republicans–ON PURPOSE. For example, GW Bush spent trillions of our dollars on 2 perpetual wars that enriched his cronies (contractors and such), and he increased tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. He did not try to make up for this reduced revenue, because his aim was to get the economy to the brink of disintegration, in order to claim there was nothing left to pay for social services–the kind your daughter and mine desperately need.

          Now “conservative” leaders and media are trying to pit ordinary people like you and me against one another. If we focus on finding fault with people receiving social services, we won’t have energy to spare to examine war profiteers or special tax breaks for the ultra-rich.

          Meanwhile, you’re stuck in your job because that’s the only way you can secure health insurance for your daughter, and your policy doesn’t pay for things she needs–because a lot of your premium dollar have to go toward the corporation’s CEO’s multi-million dollar salary and keeping stockholders happy. It’s a for-profit situation for them, and a source of severe stress for you.

          • Anonymous

            I’m very fortunate to have a job that I’ve been at for the past 20 years.  I work for good people (although the insurance is high) they understand when my daughter is struggling and I have to be with her. 

            I have never once said that I think that people that need healthcare shouldn’t get it.  I do think that they should contribute in some way and I believe that there shouldn’t be all these extra benefits to go with it.

            We all have our own opinions on the matter but bottom line is that many people can’t afford insurance — so if they’re working and can’t afford it then it should be available to them as an option either to somehow pay into or for free if they can’t afford to pay anything.  I just don’t think that all the things they’ve added to the package should be kept when cuts need to be made.

          • Anonymous

            You and I are fairly close on this. Thank you for a good conversation. I wish you well.

  • Anonymous

    This will clear the deck of GOP law makers in next election cycle, lol. Thanks Govenor.

    • OldWench

      Yes, it will…and it will lead to the process of impeaching LePage in under 3 months of Democrats taking control again.  They will attempt to do the right thing and LePage will vindictively veto everything.  That will lead to his impeachment and then I think it’s the majority speaker who will take over.  

      • Anonymous

         The Impeachment would need Republican votes if Democrats were in control.  The Senate President becomes Governor.  But it isn’t going to happen so don’t get your hopes up.

        • OldWench

          Democrats are going to sweep the 2012 elections.   The overwhelming majority of Mainers are NOT impressed with Maine government right now.  In fact, most are quite disgusted.  There are A LOT of older people in Maine, and LePage has come out and threatened their health with his proposed cuts.  The biggest political mistake is to tick off the older voters because they ALWAYS vote.  Dems will win a majority and will try to do their jobs but LePage will be a vindictive, stubborn fat head, per usual, and because the majority of voters despise him so much there will be support to impeach him.  After it becomes clear that LePage won’t work with the legislature when Dems have the majority their only recourse will be to impeach him, which will please the majority in Maine.

          • Anonymous

            Wrong if they were to get back into power  they would need Republican votes if they were to impeach him which they won’t have.  Even if they were to try it would anger alot of folks because they would feel they are waisting their time trying to be vindictive.  Instead of them creating jobs, lowering taxes, giving more freedom to people.  That is why LePage and Republicans were elected in the first place.  The Liberals  don’t speak for the Majority.  They want them back in power so they can continue to collect Welfare so they won’t have to get jobs like the rest of us.

          • Anonymous

            Dream on.

      • Anonymous

        You should leave The Cold Duck in the pond.

      • Anonymous

        Do you even understand what impeachment requires? 

  • Anonymous

    So now a family of four at or around the poverty level (and you know they don’t have employer-provided health insurance) will need to spend an excessive proportion of their meager income if they want health insurance. Their alternative would be what: a) go without and hope nothing happens to them or their kids, b) take on another job and use all of it to pay the premiums, c) work a little less overtime and drop below the poverty level to keep the status quo – living on the edge. Which would you choose?
    T-Partiers will tell you that choosing b is the only sane choice, but, whatever you do, don’t raise taxes on corporations. They need their tax breaks so they can put their names on ahtletic arenas and deduct even more in the process.
    Is that the idea, Paulie? 
    By the way, every worker pays for health care out of every check. Those around the poverty level have to wait til they’re 65 to take advantage of it.

  • Anonymous

    Lets all work for Mardens and we will qualify, YEAH!!!!!

    • MeanMommaBear

      Shoulda’ bought it.. when I saw it.. at MAAAARDDDEEENSSSS!!! LOL :P

    • Anonymous

      I see that they got rid of my other comment, so we will repeat it here, I have dirigo health care I pay 120 a month, I made less than 22000 last year so guess what, now I will get free healthcare, hooray for me!! Paul is a genius!!  

  • Anonymous

    Way to go Gov…

  • Anonymous

    So now the other shoe drops — while ravaging MaineCare we will also do away with Dirigo Health insurance — so the number isn’t 65,000 it is 81,500 without a way to pay for health care — and to our surprise we find out today that Dirigo is currently operating at a 24 million surplus

    Mr LePage and crew like throwing out numbers so let’s dabble in numbers — 81,500 more without health insurance — 6% of the state’s population according to the  2010 census data — of the 81,500    20% or 16,300 will be under the age of 18  — 16%  or 13,040 will be over the age of 65 — but we will not harm the children or the elderly

    Families of four who have an income over 22,350 no more assistance with your health care — let’s give Mr LePage the advantage we will call the 22,350 take home pay or 430.00/week — let ‘s play budget games

               $ 50 / week for gas to get back and forth to work
               $ 100 / week for groceries — try and feed a family of four on $ 100
               $ 80/ week for health insurance — other posters here claim this works
               $ 120/ week for housing — not much of a rent
               $ 40 / week to buy fuel to heat this castle
               $ 40 / week for the other utilities — looked at your electric bill lately ?
              
    This is your $ 430  — without any car payment — money to pay for the health care deductables — buy clothes and the list goes on — can not be done

    And we have a whole culture living under these conditions — our working poor — average wage at Walmart $ 17,000 gross — Mardens — McDonalds — and rest pay about the same

    But we have that great campaign slogan ” Maine people before politics”  Who are these people?

    • Well put! I think that is a massive low ball for a family of 4. That looks about like my budget to take care of my self. 

    • Anonymous

      You forgot to included their cable and cell phone bill.  The working poor seem to find the money for those two items.   For your information I have neither.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps you need a second job to get ahead. Why is that so out of the question these days? Why should I get a second job to help care for you, instead of you getting a second job if you need it?
      Why would anyone have (4) children if they are only qualified to make $22,350 per year? Obviously they fully expected someone else to pay for their lifestyle. Everyone has exactly the same opportunities. We all get a free high school education, and all are free to get a job and earn their way through college. If you chose to start a family after, or during, high school, how is that an emergency for the rest of us who had more ambition that that?
      If people don’t wish to be responsible for their actions, then we are going to force them to. We have our own families to take care of, yours is your responsibility.

      • Anonymous

        You do not have to worry about taking care of me. I am fortunate enough to have a job with a good wage and my employer offers health care and other benefits.

        Unfortunately a good portion of our citizens make up the working poor. They are employed by the Walmarts — McDonalds and Mardens of the world who pay minimal wages and offer no benefits.

        Look again a family of four is two adults and two children.

        Mr Lapage and crew are fixated on cutting taxes to cut taxes — in his mind the taxes are the problem when in fact the taxes  are  just the symptom of the problem — the real problem is that everyday fewer and fewer of us can afford basic health care

        It is time that our elected officals sit down and go to work on the problem — pandering to interest groups by screaming for tax cuts or tax increases is not solving the problem

  • Anonymous

    Yes, there are many people out there whom are defrauding the system and are not properly reporting income and assets to DHHS to receive entitlement benefits.  However, there are also many good, hard working individuals with families whom are properly reporting their assets, but are just a few dollars over the limit.  Their employers don’t provide affordable health insurance, and not only do they have their existing financial burdens to take care of, but they have the on-going worry of a ridiculously high medical bill if they or their children have to go to the hospital for treatment.  I’m sorry, but the response of ‘the freeloaders should just pay for insurance out of pocket’ doesn’t cut it.  So, a family of four making, say, 28k a year is expected to pay for rent, childcare, car insurance, electric, heating, food, etc AND the $700-1000+ a month to cover their family out of pocket?  True, maybe they should have just aborted the babies if they weren’t financially ready to take care of a family. Oh wait, abortion is a sin in the eyes of God. Can everyone out there say that they were making 50k+ a year with health insurance before they had children?  Would Jesus have turned down the sick and the poor?  Why has the  one thing that has separated us from the rest of the beasts on this earth-compassion, been bred out of our society?  I thought it was the duty of good Christians, as well as good human beings in our society, to help those who have not.  Instead, WE are the ones whom are feeling entitled, to all of our earnings, blind to any of the good that our tax dollars are doing for the working poor.  And yes, I feel as if the WORKING poor, whom have no form of affordable health insurance from their employer, should have the option to PAY into a government supported plan.  Hence-you have to be working (or be physically or mentally unable to work) and pay a small monthly fee to receive a government assisted health insurance plan WITH A CO-PAY.  I agree that we are dumping money providing completely free coverage to those whom qualify for assistance.  However, as the all or nothing system stands right now, it is encouraging people to not work, so that they can receive entitlement programs from the state.  I would like to see a proposal that requires poof of employment/disability, drug testing, a written notification from the employer stating that they do not provide affordable health insurance and a REASONABLE AND REALISTIC income scale (22k for a family of four, really?) to receive benefits.  This way, we can balance our budget, and provide care to the people whom truly deserve and need help (the working poor and the elderly).  Please people, remember your compassion…don’t let hate and envy blind you.

  • MeanMommaBear

    Here’s a scenerio for the wonderful Mr. LePage… Husband with mental health issues abuses his wife and children. Husband is on Mainecare while he is living at home with his wife and children. Husband leaves the household and now he gets kicked off Mainecare. Wife is forced to get a Protection from Abuse order for herself and children. Supervised visits are ordered through the P.O. but the abuse still continues to the children during  these visits.

    Reports are made to DHHS from several professionals documenting the abuse and DHHS acknowledges the allegations of abuse. However, the Child Protective worker states that since Husband doesn’t have health insurance now and the department doesn’t have the funding to cover it, they will not order Husband to do any services to prevent further abuse to the children. Now, the wife is forced to continue the visits per court order or suffer the consequences of contempt and put her children in harm’s way all because of the new cuts to Mainecare. Where is the justice for these little kids?

    I think if you have children, you’re taking care of your obligations to the children through at least child support, and you’re a tax-payer, you should still be eligible for medical coverage. Being childless (not ever be a biological father or a biological mother) should be different than being a parent that doesn’t live with their children. Why should families that adopt children be able to get coverage if this is the case?

    Take away from other areas of coverage like the morons that feed addictions and people who abuse the system for unnecessary prescriptions. Crack down on all the doctors so eager to hand out narcotics and opiates. Seriously. I’m sure there are other means to save a few bucks the taking away from the needs of the children who are being thrown around in this ignorant system.

  • Anonymous

    lapage and his crew makes enough why don’t they put money into a fund each month for medical

    • Anonymous

      no — you  and provide it for them

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it funny that the Governor makes 70,000 a year and his daughter make 41,000 a year…..sounds like he is enjoying the “family plan”  

    Le Page is no more informed than you and I are,…..he reacts because he has his little fiefdom that just says …..you are right   ……thats BS

  • Anonymous

    That’s funny,   someone just commented about my “Likes”……..I could care less about them!   The only one that keeps track of them in this family is my wife.     “Likes” are not the meaning of any post,    it’s what you have to say that is important.       Not everybody says things that are valid,   myself included,  but what everyone says….matters.        

  • Anonymous

    Wow… LePage continues to target the poor instead of trying to find real solutions to the problems.  In the long run it will end up costing the government and the people more…. just wait and see… anyone for a petition to get him out of office yet?

    • Anonymous

      Not just the poor, but the working poor.  From the article:

      LePage has proposed dropping coverage for parents earning more than the
      federal poverty level, or $22,350 annually for a family of four.

      Currently, there are about 21,000 such parents that make between 100% and 150% of the Federal Poverty Level that would lose MaineCare coverage. Their children would continue to be covered.

  • Anonymous

    For all of you I see posting about entitlement on here… I am sure that the people that this would hurt are working folks. Its going to hurt people that are single parents, people that have degree’s but don’t make enough to afford to live and pay for health care. People will end up dying…this is not something that the governor should be doing to our citizens. Instead of acting like you are better than other people…. think about it for a second. This is only going to hurt people that make under Thirty thousand dollars currently….how much is their situation likely to improve? How much could them not having Mainecare hurt those around them? Well, say for instance they have mental health problems, diabetes, epilepsy… those people’s lives are going to be turned upside down. This is a very sad thing..and for people to call this entitlement, I am sure most on Mainecare would love to not be on it,…to be able to pay for their own insurance and not worry….

    • Anonymous

      That’s baloney about the single parents.  Do you mean unmarried mothers?  Do you mean unmarried fathers?  There are already statutes that exist that allow them to get child support from the biological partner.  Do you mean widowed parents?  Baloney again.  There is already social security payments, quite substantial, to the children of deceased parents.  I am so tired about hearing about how tough “single parents” have it.

      • Anonymous

        Old saying — until you have walked a mile in my shoes you have no right to comment on me — I was a single father who raised two children who are now in their thirties and thankfully doing quite well — but was a difficult trip to get there

        • Anonymous

          My point is that most single parents are that way by choice.  If an unmarried young woman gives birth to a child and the father can’t financially contribute, remember, she CHOSE to make that sort of person the father to her children.  Why should the taxpayers be accountable? 
          Again, if you were a single father, tell me, what does that mean?  DId you divorce the mother?  Were you unmarried?  Were you widowed?  If you were widowed, then you received SS payments for your children.  If you divorced, then you made a choice and could receive child support payments.  The taxpayers are NOT responsible for your choices@!!!  What is so hard to understand about that???

  • Anonymous

    The Republican dream: less healthcare for everybody. Suffer and die.

    • Anonymous

      Liz, think about what you are saying! 

      • Anonymous

        She did.

        It’s true

  • Anonymous

    ” Budgets are Moral Documents,” 

    “How we treat the most vulnerable in our society, where we place them in terms of our priorities, is ultimately the measure of the worth of our society,” he said.

    “Health care is a basic human right. It is no less essential than food, shelter or clothing.”

    Bishop Richard Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine

  • Anonymous

    Based on these postings, I would guess that the payers are fed up with the existing system, while the payees are lashing out at the meanies trying to take away their  “entitlements”.  I won’t argue that living on welfare isn’t a picnic and that’s  why I’m up at 3 A.M. every work day doing what I have to to support myself and my family. Does it piss me off that my tax money goes to help support people that are as healthy as I am but would rather not earn their own way?  Absolutely. Those that can’t for health reasons should get help, but there are way to many leeches in the system right now and they need to be weeded out.

  • Anonymous

    The able bodied citizens of this state who say they cannot find a job here, might be more successful looking else where instead of waiting for the jobs to come to them. I spent many years of my career living away from my family, visiting them only while on short vacations in order to keep my job for 30+ years. Now back in Maine to enjoy the friuts of my labor, only to be taxed to the hilt to provide for those who do not want to make an effort to provide for themselves! 

    • Anonymous

      As long as the State, or/and Federal Government keep giving money to people things will not change. I did the same thing you have done. I had to leave the State for 15 years, and finally came back when I found a job here. You do what you have to; when you have to.

  • Anonymous

    Why not just have people on welfare move back to the parents house and let mom and dad entitle them to a free life. Let people, aged, handicapped or  can no longer work do to injury who probably paid taxes  in until the above happened have their money back?

  • Anonymous

    If the people going to the clinics truly want to get off drugs they would do what it takes to get there. The ones getting the rides are just State fed drug addicts. I’m sorry, but this State  does not have the money to be  a welfare State.  We need to spend all the money we spend on entitlements, and create incentives for the manufacturing jobs to come back. The people of this State need to survive on there own, work, or leave the State.
    I am not talking about the elderly, truly handicapped, and children 16 and under.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t want to see children go without healthcare.  They have no choice in whether their parents are poor or wealthy. 

  • Anonymous

    Insure children, we don’t want tragedies.  Tighten the belt of the emergency room train. If the child, elderly or mentally ill isn’t an emergency, then send to primary care physician. Triage right at the emergency room door. Make a $100 copay and I guarentee we will have 100% less emergencies. I have to pay $100 to go to ER, and have waited all weekend in pain for my primary care physician. Encourage primary care physicians to have walk-in care from 7am to 8am or 8 am to 9am, many pediatricians office does this.

    • Anonymous

      What you have said makes 100% sense, That is why it will never be done. I have been saying the same thing for 15 years now! 

    • Anonymous

      People w/o health insurance typically do not have a primary health care provider, whether that is a physician, PA, nurse practitioner, etc.

      That’s why they go to the emergency room for routine care.

      • Anonymous

        Those on mainecare and medicare do. They even have workers that go in and make sure they can find someone that will take them. Many people have lost their providers for making appointments repeatedly and being no shows.

  • Anonymous

    All the finger pointing at the Governor is remarkable. He must be one smart man to come up with all these ways to cut costs. Or do you think maybe he has advisers who think of these things?  The cuts have had to come for some time. Now is the time to begin implementing the cuts. Tomorrow will be too late.

    If someone goes to the hospital who has no money, no job, no insurance and needs attention, I am quite sure they will still get it. You cant get blood out of a stone. I think no one will suffer at these cuts except teh cheaters.

  • Anonymous


    Dirigo is operating with a $24.5 million surplus, Bruno said. That money will carry the program to 2014, when Dirigo either will transform into one of the state health insurance exchanges mandated by the federal health reform law or dissolve”… “The program can absorb the loss of the $10 million this year, but if lawmakers fail to approve LePage’s plan for stricter income limits for some parents, Dirigo will be in trouble” 

    Trash what works, now, to so next year, when DEMS. control the Legislature and the hospitals are going broke, again,  because the GOTea health plan is to use the emergency room,  LePage  they can claim, see, health care plans that he does not like never work. 

    Who’s fooled ?  
    Would you buy a used car from this guy … even if he does has the only used car lot in the State ? 

    The free market solutions are anything but free. 

    http://youtu.be/fEDEoHaUALQ

  • Anonymous

    Joe Bruno is a nice man to be talking here.  From a BDN story a couple of weeks back about high ranking legislators helping to direct millions of our money to companies run by their spouses and familes:

    ……”Former Rep. Joseph Bruno, R-Raymond, was House minority leader when $35.6 million went to Goold Health Systems, where he was CEO and president, and $49 million to Community Pharmacies, where he was a board member of the controlling group”………

    He should know enough to keep his mouth shut. This was called “stealing” where I come from. His kind make me sick to my stomach.

  • I wonder  how LePage figures that a $22,000 income is sufficient for a family of 4?  After Rent, Heat and Utilities, there isn’t enough left over for food or health insurance. 
    I have a family of 5, my income is well above this and we struggle.  I can’t imagine having to make it work with less. I see this plan as a sure fire way to keep the lazy ones home (why work? If you make any money, you’ll lose all assistance), and the ones who really want to better their situation will be the ones who suffer. I say make the lazy work for their food stamps, health care and Welfare check!

    • Anonymous

      We currently supply his housing, transportation, a decent wage , health care, his daughter a job — and in the future his retirement — maybe we could save some tax dollars here

  • Anonymous

    So how does LePage propose that *working* families making $22,350 a year pay for good quality health insurance?

    Individual family policies cost more than $1000 a month – which would add up to more than half  their annual income.

    LePage wants to take health insurance from low-income Mainers – just like he did at Mardens.

    yessah

  • Guest

    There is a part of me that says just continue the plans as they are.  We have already gone so far down the entitlement and progressive road that I fear there  is no reasonable way to end it.

    But end it will.  Just not the way the progressives think it will.  The entire system is close to collapse.  Let it do so.  That is the only way the progressives will be forced to accept reality and admit things must be changed. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah – let’s let the medical system collapse so everyone – progressive and conservative – can get sick and die on an equal basis.

      lunacy

      yessah

      • Guest

        It isn’t a case of letting the system collapse.  Everything being done and proposed at this point is nothing but a band aid on the problem and only kicks the can down the road a little more.  But with every kick the can is growing larger and harder to kick. 

        The system is going to collapse and the only real question is when.  At that point society will have a choice on what comes next.  A real sustainable system or chaos.

        • Anonymous

          Besides, GITP, no matter WHAT is suggested as a way to deal with the budget shortfall, the endless chorus is the sky is falling, the children will starve, the elderly will freeze to death, and the single, young healthy adult (oh, yeah, with ADD, though) will have to do without their cellphone, tattoos, cigs, and government-sponsored drugs.

        • Anonymous

          Chaos is what LePage has done brung us.

          Cut taxes during a deep recession to create a “crisis” – then throw the working poor under the bus.

          yessah

          • Guest

            Chaos is Somalia.  You don’t know what Chaos is.

          • Anonymous

            Then why have the Somalis moved to Maine. I guess they are right at home now with this chaos.

  • gaily

    This is very true. 

  • Anonymous

    The thing about punishing low wage earners is that it encourages people not to work at all.  Any family  maintaining a residence and making $22,300 most likely can not afford insurance and may not qualify for free clinics.  It is easier for these people to just stop working altogether, at least they have the system to support them.

  • Anonymous

    The Republican mantra is ” if it ain’t broke, break it.  When it breaks, contract it out.” 
    The Post Office,  EPA, SEC, et al.  Tough to accomplish the tasks when strategic underfunding is an ongoing mission.   I wonder who benefited from that $200 million tax break LePage gave implemented? 

  • Anonymous

    First, they are not entitlements. I have paid my taxes for over 30 years, so its more of a payback than entitlements.
    Second, has no one else noticed that LePage’s cuts will save $20m, but does not address the remaining $200m shortfall?
     And yes Mr LePage the massive amount of $16 per month I get for food for a family of 3  is what I stay home for, not my Lupus or failing lungs. 

  • working full time the minimum level is about $10 and hour.  I’m sure Lepage thinks these folk are rich enough to get buy.
    Plus, like Bush said they’ve got health care: it’s called the emergency room

  • liza_ella

    What I find unfortunate regarding this article is that it is those families who are trying to contribute, work and get by the end up being punished. An income of 22,320 for a family of four does not go very far these days.  However, for many people that is the reality of what they earn after 40 hours of week at work.  Many of those who will be hurt by this cut are those people who get up and go to work everyday.  They may not be making millions but they are trying.  However, with rising healthcare and food prices this income is only enough for the bare necessities.  People may rant and rave about those who do nothing and receive mainecare, TANF, and a myriad of other welfare sources.  However, when we cut aid to people who are trying, who do work everyday, but can not afford healthcare if they want to heat their homes, feed their children, and clothe themselves we are sending the wrong message.  When these cuts are made it is never the people who are the root of the problem that are hurt.  If you do not work at all, and make no effort to contribute, your benefits will never be cut this is a sad truth.  However, if you are working hard, trying to support your family, but barely getting by, then good luck there is no one here looking out for you.

  • Anonymous

    This is not cutting

  • Anonymous

    This is not cutting slackers or abusers.  This is cutting working folks just over the poverty line.  There are so many jobs out there now that keep their hours under the full time mark and offer no benefits.  It is the people working these jobs that will get cut. They pay taxes and many of them pay into the system as well.  I am one of them.  I work a job that could be considered “women’s” work and no benefits are offered because it is just under full time and since it is a job typically held by women with working spouses no benefits have been considered for it.  I support my family with this job.  I pay my bills  and my taxes.  I pay a monthly fee to have MaineCare for my daughter and I.  Under this plan I would be cut.  There is no way I can afford to pay for insurance as I am just getting by.  Even the high deductible plans are a large percentage of my income.  I would rather pay more for MaineCare each month than lose it all together.  Instead of cutting the working poor, why not charge a bit more for the coverage for those over the poverty line?

  • Anonymous

    Go Lepage! Do what must be done and let ’em whine… the slackers will cry too.

    • Anonymous

      He is talking about cutting off people who WORK and have JOBS.

      try again

      • Anonymous

        You try again

        • Anonymous

          No – YOU try again

          :)

    • Anonymous

      Yeah! 

       That “severely autistic/mentally disabled niece” just needs to get a job…slacker indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Another case of ideology first, people second? Maybe not; maybe it’s just a matter of dollars and cents, not dogma and nonsense. Still, one has to wonder. 

  • Anonymous

    Infamy. I’m sure that’s not how LePage intended to become a star in Maine. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not for cradle-to-grave entitlement by any means, but somehow axing Mainecare for my severely autistic/mentally disabled niece because her single mother makes a whopping $24K a year just seems like a really rotten way to make up a budgetary shortfall that was created and perpetuated by stupid politicians from both sides of the aisle.

    • Anonymous

      If your niece is disabled she will not be cut from mainecare.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot imagine being able to afford insurance on 22K per year.  No way, no how.  That equates to these working people having no access to care except the E-R.  This is just more of the same.

  • Anonymous

    This discrepant figures show the “accounting” by Rs for what it is: non-factual.

  • Guest

    The biggest profitteers in maine are doctors and hospitals,, The Dems recieve donations from these 2 outfits 6 to 1  over repubs.   P.S. Lawyers were considered in the article

  • Anonymous

    Heading to Boston for the weekend to the hospital with my daughter — would certainly like to have my mileage reimbursed — but, I don’t have mainecare so I’ll pay yet again.  Loving it — don’t care about paying my share but come on the extra’s need to be cut.

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