Comments for: Budget action held for one more day to accommodate amendments

Posted Feb. 15, 2012, at 4:31 p.m.

AUGUSTA | House Republicans postponed debate and action on the Department of Health and Human Services supplemental budget on Wednesday to allow proposed amendments to be drafted, a process that could make or break a deal. Last week, members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee agreed unanimously on a compromise …

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  • Anonymous

    So that dippy Cape Elizabeth lawyer Cynthia Dill thinks she’ll save millions through “…hospital emergency care management and reimbursement reform for hospital emergency care services.”???

    Isn’t that politician/legalese for:   “We’ll just pay the hospitals less”???

    Gotta love the 1%ers who p-r-e-t-e-n-d to be like the rest of us poor slobs… just to get elected!!!

    • Anonymous

      Pay them less?  Heck, When Baldacci and the Dems were in charge they just didn’t pay the bills from the hospitals.  Dill is crazy, but what she is proposing is SOP for the Maine Dems. LePage is trying to pay the hospitals what they are due. Some of the bills are 5 years old. If Baldacci and the Dems had paid the bills we would have a surplus now.

    • Might be, based on how it’s being said in the paper. But there IS a lot of money to be saved in the managed care system through emergency room costs. I’m all for maintaining MaineCare rolls as they are, but that doesn’t mean I’d be opposed to, say, kicking people off for a certain amount of non-emergency trips to the ER in a certain amount of time. The ER is not where someone should be going with a cold, for instance.

      Also, we need to better manage the expenses of the 5% of recipients who use half the MaineCare money.  What bugs me is that LePage’s budget basically said, “we need to save X amount of money, so we’ll just cut entire programs until we hit that figure”. We need solutions that are based in the real world, not moves like cutting the entire PNMI system just to score political points. It would appear that is what the Legislature is attempting to do — real solutions, that is. Not ones that make me happy, but at least they’re actually thinking about the problem.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Classic stall tactic.   There are two amendments:   one from a republican and one from a democrat,  of course the democrat’s won’t even be considered.     

    Which is expected,   that’s what happens.    BUT,   I wouldn’t be surprised if the governor’s office had something to do with the other amendment,  and my reasoning is quite simply,   he (the governor) wants to continue to lobby the republicans in the legislature to not pass the bill.  Senator Thomas knows two thing: One, there is going to be a leadership position opening up for the republican senate members and Two: he’s has supported Le Page.

    Now, Senator Thomas needs to consider if it is in his best interest, politically, to continue to stall a bi-partisan budget?   The republicans just lost a traditionally republican senate seat in a special election, he needs, in my opinion, to show bi-partisanship and not ambition and alliance.

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