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  • Anonymous

    I like the way LePage thinks.!

    • Anonymous

      He thinks?

    • Anonymous

      Good!  Maybe you can employ him when he’s out of a job.

    • Anonymous

       A lot of people do! But they aren’t a vocal as the posters here.

  • Anonymous

    Haha- knew his feet would be back in his mouth. Maine can do so much better than LeBuffoon.

  • Anonymous

    Many people are fascists and they don’t even realize it. And sometimes, they know it all too well, but hide and deny it. Most of the time though, it’s obvious LePage acts like a facist…

    6. You are driven to indoctrinate others into your way of thinking. So much so, that you try to re-write history, change the way school children are taught and you brainwash the ignorant. You use your propaganda machine as a tool to achieve this. 

    10. You strongly align yourself with corporations and you support corporate money and influence in government. You despise government regulations that keep corporations honest because you believe everything should be controlled by the free market and that corporations should be allowed to do whatever they please. 

    17. You create scapegoats to blame when problems arise. Whether it’s communists, liberals, minorities, homosexuals, the poor, or non-Christians, one thing is for certain. You and your propaganda tool will blame each and every one of those groups for bad things that happen even if you were the cause of the problems in the first place. 

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/06/22/you-might-be-a-fascist-if/

    • Anonymous

      It’s nice to see you post a link that is non partisan,,,,,,right.http://www.addictinginfo.org/donate/

      • Anonymous

        Here are some other non partisan websites I think you’ll ‘enjoy’:

        http://www.thechristianleft.org/  (for the separation of church and hate)

        http://beingliberal.org/    (it makes a nice newsfeed on Facebook)

        • Anonymous

          I’m sorry. I don’t see any educational or entertainment value in either of those sites, and the addicting info site is constructed nearly to discredit the republican party at any cost.  

          • Anonymous

            Do you mean like Fox News is constructed to discredit the Democratic party at any cost?

          • Anonymous

            It’s the only source of mainstream media that is willing to discredit the left in a sea of liberal left leaning sources. How many more liberal media outlets do you need? Heck you even have Hollywood, unions, and the lionshare of educators. Talk about stacking the deck in the democrats favor. It’s no wonder an a 22 year old college grad votes the way they do. They haven’t paid taxes and have had nothing but liberalism shoved at them from every direction.

          • Anonymous

            It’s the only source of mainstream media that is willing to discredit the left even if it has to lie and omit facts to do it.
            Were you watching Fox News when they reported that the Supreme Court overturned Obamacare?

          • Anonymous

            CNN did the same thing!

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, but nobody watches CNN.

          • Washington County

            NO one watches MSNBC

          • Anonymous

             I was flipping between CNN and Fox. They BOTH called it wrong! So much for that argument!

          • Anonymous

            How do figure no payment of taxes?  I paid income/FICA taxes from the onset of emplyment (part or full time) since age 16.  Nowadays, not to mention sales taxes, etc.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, but under a certain threshold of total income, you got back most if not all of your income tax on your tax return. People that make 80K-120K without any way to hide income other than mortgage interest and children will pay 25K or so a year in income tax alone.  

          • Anonymous

            Yes and the liberal media is truthful.  There are many examples such as the Travon Martin killing that your liberal media did not report truthfully.  In this case it was an editor for NBC who was ultimately fired for ginning up racism by clearly omitting key facts of the case.  Or how about non-reporting of important stories such as the Fast and Furious congressional inquiring because it would be detrimental to the re-election of Obama if independent voters were knowledgeable on the incompetence of this administration that led to the death of one US Border Patrol Agent and thousands of innocent Mexicans. 

          • Anonymous

            You’re correct.  The mainstream media (allegedly liberal) is for the most part truthful.  If they err, they make corrections.

          • Anonymous

            Only after Fox and talk radio prove their distortions/lies.  

          • Washington County

             God bless Fox News

          • Guest

            lol

          • Anonymous

            God bless President Obama and the Democratic Party.

          • Washington County

             I hope he does

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely. DANGEROUS!!!

    • Anonymous

       #6 sounds a little like the current SSM supporters.

      #17 describes this current administration to a T! Change the names of the scapegoats you mentioned and you have Obama in a nutshell!

      Sounds like your criticisms could be applied to both parties!

  • Anonymous

    I wish we could get a fiscal conservative without this type of rhetoric

    • Anonymous

      No kidding!  I am dying to know if a speech writer put that in there, or if he ad libbed it.  Either way, what kind of buffoonery allows one to put that kind of rhetoric in an official message from the governor’s office?

    • I haven’t met a truly fiscal conservative yet… even the ones who claim they are.

      If they were truly fiscally conservative they would call to end tax subsidies to corporations that make billions of dollars in profits each year.

      If they were truly fiscally conservative they would call to end tax breaks for companies that send their jobs overseas.

      Lepage is taking his talking points from ALEC, Norquist  and Karl Rove. I’m not sure he’s ever had an original thought.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget the Kock Brothers…and the Trilateral Commission.  Unlike Charlie Summers, I don’t think the Governor is trying to position himself on the national stage.  You give him too much credit.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with LePage.  It’s appalling that we are losing our freedom to get sick and die from lack of affordable healthcare.

    • Anonymous

      Live free and die young and bankrupt!

      • Anonymous

        The only way to go..Die Fishing

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like the real motto of New Hampshire.

      • Anonymous

        Get a job then! Stop protesting Wall street!

      • Anonymous

         Everyone dies with medical expenses! Show me one person that hasn’t.

        • Millicent

          My mother died with no outstanding medical expenses. Thank you Medicare and Hospice. 

          • Anonymous

             Millicant, if she was on Medicare and used a Hospice, then SOMEONE paid! Maybe not you, and obviously that’s all that matters to you, but SOMEONE paid! Someone paid for her care, probably the taxpayers, which means all of us so, you’re welcome.

    • Anonymous

      have you ever met anyone who died because of lack of healthcare? Where are all these people you speak of?

      • Anonymous

        Dead?

        • Anonymous

          Funny. I want to know why people don’t talk about these people. Generally, when people champion for a cause– they focus a lot of attention on good human interest stories. Think, Terri Schaivo and Trayvon Martin. Where are the stories of people who have been denied access to healthcare in this country, in this decade? That’s all I’m asking.

          • Anonymous

            It’s a pain to research and copy paste on my iYup, but I’ll try and get back to you tonight.

          • Anonymous

            They’re poor and nobody cares.  That’s why you don’t hear about them.  But I notice when the next of kin tells me “Oh, He ain’t ’round no more.  He died of cancer in April.  They only found it in March.”
             

          • Mark Jones

             “Where are the stories of people who have been denied access to healthcare in this country, in this decade?”

            Not on Fox “news” or talk radio

            http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/09/new-study-finds-45000-deaths-annually-linked-to-lack-of-health-coverage/


            “The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors, and baseline health,” said lead author Andrew Wilper, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.”

            The study, which analyzed data from national surveys carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed death rates after taking into account education, income, and many other factors, including smoking, drinking, and obesity. It estimated that lack of health insurance causes 44,789 excess deaths annually.”

          • Anonymous

             The education system is just a puppet of those dirty liberal hippies! Your source is INVALID!!

          • Anonymous

             When the scientists that study a given issue report usually their findings are verifiable. Are yours?

      • Anonymous

         The Left equates not going for healthcare the same as unavailable healthcare. Lack of healthcare never killed anyone. Lack of getting healthcare may have added to the underlying disease, but it’s not he cause of death.

        But making that distinction doesn’t advance their argument, so they choose to ignore or distort it. Whatever advances the ideology.

    • Anonymous

       THAT is the best comment here. Thank you!

  • Otis B. Driftwood

    Governor La Pudge is a complete Imbecile

    • Anonymous

      but I heard he dressed up as Einstein one Halloween.

      • Otis B. Driftwood

        He’s a cross dresser too, impersonating someone with intelligence

        • Anonymous

           Do you have anything of any importance to add, or are you only here to insult?

          • Anonymous

             His important addition is nothing more than stating the obvious.

    • Anonymous

      If you do not like the Gov. perhaps you should move to a more Liberal state.  You surely would be happier.  I think the Gov. is GREAT.  He calls it as he sees it.  

      • Anonymous

        No we just need to sit tight until the next election. Then we will have an Independent senator and an Independent Governor. Time to rid ourselves of the D’s & R’s

        • Anonymous

           Show us an Independent that isn’t a true Democrat at heart.

      • Anonymous

        Well, I wonder what Rx his glasses are, because he sure has a distorted view of the world.

  • Anonymous

    The ‘new Gestapo’? This guy is delusional.

    • Otis B. Driftwood

       Paranoid too.

    • Anonymous

      16,000 new IRS agents to uphold the BS law!  Then yes I have to agree!

      • Anonymous

        Source?

        • Anonymous

          Mon Feb 14, 2011

          WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Internal Revenue Service would get an
          additional 5,100
          agents under President Barack Obama’s increased budget
          request, setting up a clash with Republicans who advocate cuts for the
          tax collection agency.

          Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, released on Monday, calls for a
          $1.13 billion, or 9.4 percent, funding increase for the IRS for fiscal
          2012, to $13.28 billion for fiscal 2012. Adding the extra agents would
          only amount to about a 5 percent increase in manpower to 100,537

          First installment?

          Really won’t need others until 2014.

          • Anonymous

             Hooray. Now there will the personnel we need to go after all the cheats. About time.

          • Anonymous

             No need. Just pay the tax. Not cheating. Not a problem.

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     For much of the past year, Republicans assailed President Obama for resisting the Medicare spending reductions they say are needed to both preserve health benefits for older Americans and avert a Greek-style debt crisis. Representative Paul D. Ryan, the House Republicans’ point man on the budget, has called the president “gutless.”

    Yet since the Supreme Court upheld the Democrats’ 2010 health care law, Republicans, led by Mitt Romney, have reversed tactics and attacked the president and Democrats in Congress by saying that Medicare will be cut too much as part of that law. Republicans plan to hold another vote to repeal the law in the House next week, though any such measure would die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    “Obamacare cuts Medicare — cuts Medicare — by approximately $500 billion,” Mr. Romney has told audiences.

    The Affordable Care Act makes important changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its financial outlook.

    • It was an amazing pivot that the Republicans did in the aftermath of the SCOTUS ruling, and impressive that nearly all of them were on message.

      • Anonymous

        Wonder why that is?  Hmmm.

    • Anonymous

      No it does not!

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     1. Prevented a 2nd Great Depression.

    2. Got Bin Laden.

    3. Got Gadhafi.

    4. Saved the U.S. auto industry.

    5. Saved the U.S. banking sector.

    6. Took a huge first step in repairing our dysfunctional healthcare system.

    7. Already ended war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afghanistan.

    This is just a partial list. If that’s “failure”, I’d say this country could use a whole helluva lot more of it.

    • Anonymous

      You have got to be kidding me if you think that fool has done all of that! If the war is over in Afghanistan and Iraq, then why are our troops being killed every day? And by the way, Seal Team 6 got Bin Laden and he sure in hell didn’t capture Gadhafi! Auto industry is still a bust. 1st depression isn’t over yet.

      • Justin

        Couple of things:

        There’s a difference between “got” and “killed”; Obama gave an order that Bush couldn’t (or didn’t, depending on who you read/believe). If Bin Laden had been killed during Bush 43’s term, would you have said that “Bush got Bin Laden”?

        GM posted a record annual profit in 2011. If that’s what’s considered a “bust”, I’d like to know what it takes to be called successful these days. http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/earnings/story/2012-02-16/general-motors/53113520/1

        • Anonymous

          GMC is not the only car company last I checked and no I wouldn’t have said Bush got him if he did.  It was a team of highly trained soldiers!  Why can’t you just admit that Obama and his administration are one big failure!

          • Justin

            OK, let’s follow that through. The government paid $50B to GM and $12B to Chrysler. GM had record annual profit in 2011; Chrysler had a net income of $138M in 2011 and quadrupled profits in Q1 this year.

            I mean, we could probably bail out the rest of the car companies, too, but that probably wouldn’t be a popular option.

          • Anonymous

             If the auto industry is so well off, why did they need a bailout in the first place?

          • Anonymous

            you need to do some homework

          • Anonymous

             Well thank you for that! What would we ever do without such well-meaning advice?

            Oh, and it was a rhetorical question.

          • Otis B. Driftwood

             This is what Bush’s tax break cost us per year.

            Bush tax cuts: $544.3 billion

            Social Security tax break: $111.7 billion.

            Individual tax credits: $8.3 billion.

            Business tax breaks: $69 billion.

            Estate tax: $68 billion

            Medicare plan cost us 12 billions per year.  That went on for 10 years.
            2 wars weren’t paid for.

            On top of us all are paying interests.  So yes Bush Jr. left us a debt of least about 11.3 trillions

          • Anonymous

            And how much has Obama spent in almost 4 years?  Oh that’s right more than every President combined in front of him!

          • Otis B. Driftwood

             Obama has added just less than 1 trillion to the deficit.

          • Anonymous

            What numbers have you been looking at?  Holy crap you are liberal!  

          • Otis B. Driftwood

             Obama’s policies have added about $900 BILLION to the national debt. The rest of the growth of the debt since Obama’s inauguration has been caused by

            Bush’s unfunded and pointless war in Iraq.

            Bush’s unfunded and unsuccessful war in Afghanistan

            Bush’s modifications to Medicare which allowed pharmaceutical corporations to stick the federal government with ever higher prices.

            The Bush Tax Cuts, which Conservatives promised us would so stimulate the economy that federal revenues would actually go us, but which failed to stimulate the economy.

            Like Clinton, Obama has to spend his first term mopping up the messes left by a Conservative President.

          • fourCatssoon

             YOU need medication attention soon. take a nap for now and some men in brown shirts will arrive soon to re-educate you:)

          • {some men in brown shirts }
            Limbo, Peck, and Inshannity!

            LOL

          • Anonymous

            Liberals treat dogs as people while  Conservatives treat people like dogs.

          • Anonymous

             WHAT????????? What word are you living on, because it sure isn’t this one!

          • Anonymous

            More than every president combined? Really? Where did you get your information?

          • Anonymous

            FOX!

          • Anonymous

            You really should check Politifact on this as it is rated as FALSE, you really can’t believe everything on Fox.  You need to use a little commonsense.

          • It is pretty sad state of affairs when a person needs a “Translator” to watch the news!

          • Anonymous

            That is not true.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t forget that the federal budget had a $236 Billion SURPLUS in 2000.  In 2008 the DEFICIT was $438 Billion.   And that was before the economy went completely over the cliff. (Federal budget year ends in October, FYI.)

          • Anonymous

            Also don’t forget that those wars were off the books and not included in the 2008 figure or the years prior to that.  Part of the reason the deficit spending seems much more now is that these wars are now on the books.  More sleight of hand by the right.

          • Anonymous

             So you are actually arguing that tax cuts are a bad thing? Then why don’t you send in double what you owe? What’s stopping you? Pay all you want!

            The problem as I see it is spending, not earning! This administration is spending more then they could ever bring in. The more they tax, the less they get!

            You must be thrilled that all those tax cuts are ending in December! Bet you can’t wait to see the Democrats spend all that new income!

          • Otis B. Driftwood

             The deficit as it stands today is 90% from past administrations spending, the deficit was 5 trillion when wonder boi bush took office it was 11trillion when he left office, the past three years have added from the bush administration, remember that just because he left office his failed policies kept costing the taxpayers money, 4 trillion for a total of 15 trillion.  Obama has added just about 1 trillion, and d the deficit is about 16 trillion.  But don’t believe me go find out for your self, but not at fox news.

          • Anonymous

             I’ll choose the sources of my news, thanks. I don’t need you or anyone else dictating where I get it!

            You might do well to remember that the last two years of Bush he had a solid Democrat Congress.

            At what point does Obama own the deficit? How much can he get away with spending before YOU think it’s enough? Or too much? Or can he simply never spent too much for you?

            He promised a balanced budget in his FIRST term, or he would be a one term “proposition’.
            Well, I expect him to keep his word!

          • Obviously you never took a course in economics, and your choice of news source must be Fox, since you used about 3 of their talking points in just the last post.  Fox News is the choice of  factual information-starved idiots and of very paranoid people with non-functional brains. If one actually thinks that Mitt Romney, one of the richest men in the world, they guy who fired thousands of Americans from their jobs and made millions while he fired them, if one actually thinks that that Mitt Romney is on the side of the working family, their brain must be totally fried.  If one things that all the accomplishments of the the 3.5 Obama years are insignificant, or attributable to someone other than the President, then their functioning logical brain has been hijacked by the corporate interests, probably through listening to Fox News. If one thinks one can totally recover from a global recession in 3 years by advocating austerity, firing teachers and firemen, and lowering taxes on the wealthy, one just has no concept of what economics is all about.  If one cannot listen to ALL news sources, and put them into perspective, like examining each tree in a forest, if one chooses only one or two sources, one obviously is a very insecure person when it comes to examination of facts and making their own logical decisions.

          •  LOL if you think that any sitting president of the last 30ish years had any say in what went on with our ecomony, you’ve got blinders on.

            In 1913 the Federal Reserve banking system, headed by the PRIVATE bank in NY, NY, took us off the gold standard and put us on a pure fiat money system. The “Feds” admitted, through their lawyer who was grilled by Ron Paul in a hearing, that they haven’t owned any gold since 1934!

            Since then, our money has inflated, thereby making it less valuable. The value of our dollar isn’t just based on our GDP, but by the actual cash in circulation. What do you think happens, when we go to just straight credit? The dollar has inflated from $0.03 to $20.00 since the creation of the Federal Reserve system, and it isn’t slowing down. (Three cents before 1913 buys as much then, as it takes twenty dollars to buy in our current time).

            If you want to keep listening to the lies the TV spews, that a president is responsible for the economy, keep drinkin’ the kool-aide buddy. The problem with being TOO open-minded, is that your brain could fall out. Don’t be that guy. Disregard lies, and do some research, like I have. It is all documented in print, there is nothing conspiratorial about it now.

            Or, just keep the blinders on, and vote along party lines. The DNC isn’t any different than the GOP, and they both lie just to blame each other to vie for power. The real reason we are experiencing a downfall of America’s economic power, is because you see it every time you go to Wal-Mart and buy something that’s “Made in China.”

            NAFTA/CAFTA and all sorts of price fixing has essentially drove out the productivity of America so the banking interests can make more [fiat] “money”, by sending all the labor overseas! We’ve regulated ourselves to destruction, and for what? Don’t just blame the GOP for this mess, it’s a lie too.

          • Anonymous

             ” I’ll choose the sources of my news, thanks.”

            Clearly.

          • Anonymous

             Well don’t you? Or do you allow others to dictate where you get your news?

          • Anonymous

            the problem abby is actually both (1) there is too much spending, and there is also a revenue problem, If people like Romney and others hadn’t outsourced so many jobs there would be more tax revenue by default,  there would be fewer people on various forms of public assistance because they would be working.  Unlike what you may think, most people are good, honest and hardworking, but have fallen on tough times, when the only jobs that are available are either low paying service sector jobs with no benefits or jobs that you don’t have the training for, it becomes tough for a lot of people to get by, yet instead of helping these people to improve themselves, some people instead choose to pile on by calling them bums, worthless, lazy, etc.  Most people are not that way.  Reagan introduced us to trickle down,  Good idea in theory, problem is it doesn’t work.  Give a millionaire more money, why should they create jobs, you just gave them more money for nothing.

          • Anonymous

             Outsourcing is a great line, and obama is sure to ride it for all it’s worth, but it’s been proven to be false by outside fact checkers.

            And the other side, obama’s theory that (for lack of a better term)’ Trickle up” will save the economy is absurd at the least! When was anyone ever been employed by someone poor? How many jobs do the poor create (other than Government jobs to deal with them).

            As I see it, give the poor the confiscated money of the rich and SOME will use it to become better off, but most will waste it and sit around expecting more. Yes, I’d like to believe that people are basically good, but I KNOW people are basically lazy!

            I know that in our business, we receive incentive to create more jobs, so we did. Had those incentives not been there, we would only have created as many jobs as we needed, not as we did or wanted to. Now, we are certainly not millionaires, but we still needed those incentives.

            I think the notion of ‘giving millionaires money’, while it sounds good coming from the Left, is not actually what is accurate. Giving businesses incentives gets things done. Taxing them to feed an ever increasing hunger for money to spend on pet projects and to get reelected does nothing for economic growth.

            America is now at a crossroads. In November we will decide if we want to be #1 or are willing to be just another country struggling to get by. Obviously someone has to be, and will be #1. A lot in this country (and on this forum) think it shouldn’t be America. I disagree. I consider myself blessed to be an American. I think those “America haters” have no idea how bad it could be. They want to forget that in some countries, they would be rounded up and shot for the dissenting opinions they post. I’m not saying we would ever get there, but then that;’s probably what they thought, too!

          • Anonymous

            Yup income is static and if you change a tax rate just mulitply that times the unchanging income to come up with the effect.

          • Anonymous

            The tax breaks aren’t “costing” me anything.  I’m not somehow entitled to that money, nor is the government.

          • Otis B. Driftwood

             It’s not a free lunch here, never has been and never will.  The majority of the bush era tax breaks are for the wealthy making large incomes, if those tax breaks go away, it eases the burden on those of us who don’t make the big bucks.

          • Anonymous

            the tax cuts for the rich  greatly and unwisely increase the debt…. they are costing us all..
            and they continue to put more and more money in fewer and fewer hands.

          • Anonymous

            Our *spending* increases our debt, but servicing that debt certainly costs us all.  Personally, I think it’s very unwise to continue the Bush tax breaks, because we need to pay down our debt…not find new ways to spend it.

          • Anonymous

            giving tax cuts is adding to our deficit and to our debt ….. and by the way, tax cuts to the rich only increases their holdings it does not circulate to the benefit of the economy as it does when the cuts are given to the middle and poorer class..
            and then there is actually *tax spending* doled out to the well connected corporations..
            there are many policies that benefit the rich at the expense the rest of the country and contribute to the growing inequality and that stunt our economic growth.

          • Anonymous

            It isn’t spending, because it’s not transfering money from the treasury to some entity.  You have struck upon a key fundamental difference between the Left and Right when it comes to fiscal policy, tho.  Taking less in taxes is not somehow a loss for the govenment…it is not entitled to that money in the first place.

            You are probably more correct about where that money ends up…and whether the middle class sees that money as it moves is a real question needing an answer.

          • Anonymous

            contrary to republican spin, taking less in taxes is a loss, not a gain for the government….
            how ’bout tax credits… giving back, crediting, is a way of spending, or if you prefer, allocating..
            I am probably correct in that you get my points..
            it is the right that believes the government is not entitled to their money…. my point is that these tax cuts to the rich contribute to the growth of the deficit and to the debt..

          • Anonymous

            Taking less in taxes is not a “loss” simply because it isn’t a gain.  And you’re right in saying that the government is not entitled to their money…nor mine.  But you are quite correct that the tax cuts–absent corresponding offsets–grow the deficit.

            Unlike a some of my R brethren, I am not against taxes.  I want a fairer, flatter system that encourages investment (yes, tax cap gains, too) and growth here at home…with as few special exemptions as possible.  What the exemptions are, and how the money is spent, is where the real conversation should be.

          • Anonymous

            No, I did not say that the government is not entitled to your money or mine.  The government is  absolutely entitled to all the taxes that it needs to levy in order to run the country.   I am happy to pay my taxes.   I have very little regard for all those who resent paying their share.   Our tax policies favor the wealthy and I do not think that we would agree on what the right policies would be to make them more fair, but we can leave it at that.

          • fourCatssoon

             It seems you are in need of immediate medical attention:)

          • Anonymous

            True, GM is not the only car company Obama saved, he also saved Chrysler, which is now doing very well, and by saving those two companies he saved many auto dealerships all around the country, and the auto parts industry — those parts suppliers would have gone belly-up without GM and Chrysler.
            “Let Detroit go bankrupt” was Romney’s slogan.  But by saving Detroit, Obama saved Main Streets all across the U.S.A.

      • fourCatssoon

         What did you say the brand of Tea you are drinking? Its killing you and you don’t know it yet:) Take two prunes and call LePage in the morning:)

    • Anonymous

      What flavor Koolaid? #1 More like spent us into oblivion
      #2 Used an intelligence network set up by his predecessor
      #3 Ok nato helped but what do they have now? Terrorist organazation
      #4 More like bought it
      #5 See #4
      #6 Screwed up a system to supposedly help a few
      #7 Did not end it date was set by previous admin
      # #8 We are scheduled to pull out in 2014 ready or not

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the laughs.  You forgot to mention how Mrs Obama has spent American’s money on LAVISH vacations.  And the weekly parties at the White House that spends over 90 dollars per bottle of wine.

      • Anonymous

        No that was Sen Paul Ryan, and it was  $200 bottle

        • Anonymous

           Ryan has parties at the White House? Do the Obama’s know this?

    • Anonymous

      If he is re elected, be prepared, as the next new rule will be when we are told what brand Toilet Paper to use………………..

      • Anonymous

        You mean LePage won’t?

    • Anonymous

       True dat, Otis!!

  • Conley Raye

    n a Democratic radio address last week, Rep. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham, who is a retired family physician, characterized the Affordable Care Act much differently.
    “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the health reform law ensures hard-working, middle-class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses,” said Sanborn, according to a written version of her speech. “Because Obamacare was upheld, if you are a family of four living in Maine earning $46,000 a year, you will soon be eligible for a $10,000 tax credit. And by August, thousands of Mainers will receive a rebate because their insurance company spent too much of their premium on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.”
    Sanborn said the ruling is particularly important in Maine, where most people have seen increases in their health care premiums for years running, and where thousands of people lost health coverage last year as a result of cuts in the state budget.
    “Obamacare has been the last parachute for these Maine people and small businesses that have had to pay more for less coverage,” said Sanborn. “No one should have to go bankrupt because of an illness or injury, or die of a treatable disease.”

  • Anonymous

    “Success should not be measured by what we can get for free, but rather what we do and give back to society when we are independent and productive citizens,” he said. 

    …says the guy who receives his healthcare/dental care, residence (gov mansion), and vacation, and retirement from the taxpayers.

    • Anonymous

       All Governors do, your point is??????????

      • Anonymous

         Face psalm!

  • Anonymous

    It’s ironic that he would compare anyone to the gestapo. The way he carries himself and postures for an audience reminds me of Hitler, and when my Maine taxes were due, I noticed he was right there with his hand out. Huge embarrassment to Maine. Useless.

    • Ben Hutchins

       No, no, not Hitler.  Hitler got things done.  LePage is much more like Mussolini – strutting, bombastic, inept.  Sinister, yet comically incompetent.

      • Anonymous

        Benito LePage.  It has a ring to it.
         

        • Anonymous

           Heh, I may have to start using that one!

      • Anonymous

        Honestly I think you are describing the Liberals in office.  

    • Anonymous

       Well that didn’t take long! We knew someone on the left would compare him to Hitler sooner or later.

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this correct. It is fine for the Governor of the State of Maine to call the IRS the Gestapo. Does that mean that it is now okay for the rest of us to call LePage the Fuhrer? Are we all now required to stand at attention, click our heels together, extend our right arm at a 45 degree angle now when ever he passes by or comes on TV and say “Heil, mein Führer”?

    • Anonymous

       Neither one’s right. There’s got to be some sort of corollary of Godwin’s Law for using the Gestapo in an argument.

    • Anonymous

      Moustaches anyone?

      • Anonymous

        I love women with little beards and moustaches!

        • Anonymous

           The people are hungry? Let them eat BPA!

    • Anonymous

      Grow the hell up!

      • Anonymous

        Oh so you can spew all the hate you want but when someone ask a simple question you get all upset do you. Just what did you in your infinite wisdom find upsetting? Was it having to call LePage the Fuhrer? Was it having to stand at attention, click your heels and extend your right hand at a 45 degree anglewhen he passed by or came on TV? Or was it having to say Heil, mein Fuhrer?  Typical tea party parrot response. 

  • The government should not force something like this on the citizens.I am all for affordable health care.The buy it or else you get a penalty bs is way too over the top.What happened to freedom of choice?  

    • In order to make other provisions of the ACA work economically, the mandate that everyone have insurance is essential. Even then-Gov. Mitt Romney understood this when he persuaded his staff to include the mandate in Massachusetts reform law.

      Pool insurance works by spreading the high costs of a few over a large number of people. The ACA prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions as well as banning rescission – the practice of cancelling coverage when such coverage becomes very expensive. Allowing people to not carry coverage until they need it reduces the size of the pool.

      Oddly, this is exactly what Maine’s health insurance system was like before the ACA was enacted, and is in large part why health insurance here is so expensive – because Maine lacks the mandate.

      • Anonymous

        I
        am not sure I would have used the same words. BUT he is not all that
        far off when the IRS is the enforcement arm of a government forcing you
        to purchase an item you may not want or need.

        My advice. Don’t buy it.  Pay the fine/tax if you have to. It’s
        cheaper. If you get sick, then sign up. No pre-existing conditions. Remember?

        • Anonymous

          Sounds like sponging to me.  Why should I help support you?

          • Anonymous

            You have no choice. It’s the law. ;-)

          • Anonymous

             That makes sense to me. Pay the penalty. Sign up when you need it and start paying your premiums. Drop it when you don’t need it. Pay the penalty. Sign up when you need it again. And, in the meantime pay full price for those visits to the doctor. Yes, I would say ACA is going to work just fine.

          • Anonymous

              I went decades without need of a doctor.  Most younger people in their early years, while trying to save money for a  home or a business are fairly healthy as I was. (I went decades without need of a doctor.) They need the money forother things. This is exactly what large numbers of the young professionals are doing in Massachusetts.  
            If this happens on the same level nationally, as in our sister state to the south Obamacare will fall apart.

          • Anonymous

            I really have not ‘needed’ insurance most of my life also. Even now in my old age I need it very seldom. But I carry it. I know there is a fall in my future that will require some bones to be reset. And, now, with all the discussion around ACA I believe it is the responsible thing to do. But, hey, I too was pretty irresponsible in my younger days. I was focused on me and mine and, as you mentioned in another post, resisted all kinds of ‘responsible’ behavior. And, I did not have student loans to pay on. I think when most young people actually look at what it will cost them at their entry salary levels they will find it makes more sense to carry it than pay the penalty. And this seems to support that belief: “The state enacted universal-health-insurance reforms in 2006, and sells private-insurance policies for young adults through its exchange, called the Connector, with annual deductibles of around $2,000 and annual payment caps of $50,000. These plans cost about $100 to $150 per month, depending on location and whether they include prescription-drug coverage. The penalty for young adults without insurance was $56 per month in 2008. In 2008, the uninsured rate among Massachusetts residents ages 19 to 25 was far below the national average, at around 8%, though that same group accounts for about one-third of state residents still without insurance. Still, convincing a critical mass of young adults to sign up for health insurance may not just be a question of affordability. In a June 2008 survey by the Urban Institute, just under half of Americans ages 19 to 26 said they “strongly” agreed that health insurance is needed, compared with 70% among the entire population. In other words, the real challenge might be getting young invincibles to understand they’re not actually invincible.”
            Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1925299,00.html#ixzz2033b4rKh 
            And more recently: “The percentage of 18- to 25-year-olds without health insurance
            dropped 3.6 points since the third quarter of 2010, when a key provision
            of the Affordable Care Act allowing many young adults to remain on their parents’ health plans first took effect, Gallup found.Roughly one quarter – 24.4 percent – now report being uninsured, down from 28 percent late last year. The decline represents nearly 1 million
            more young adults who now have health insurance, according to official estimates based on the Gallup data.”

            Not sure your statement is holding up to investigation.

        • Anonymous

          Spoken like a true welfare recieving republican gaming the system.

          • Anonymous

            Nope, Its called resistance. You won’t make me feel guilty for that.

      • Anonymous

        And Romney Care works.  MA has by far the lowest percentage of uninsured, a couple of %.

        • Anonymous

           It works so well that wait times for your regular doctor for office visits are up to two months. 50% of doctors are not accepting new patients. Some doctors have dropped medicaid and the wait time in ERs is way up.

          • Anonymous

            And you know that because ….?

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

             It takes me two months to schedule my physical now, and I have normal insurance through work. It’s not the insurances fault, there’s just enough providers for the area. Hopefully, revisions to our healthcare system will include decreasing the cost of med school so we can get more doctors out there on the ground, especially with the aging baby boomers.

          • Anonymous

             That is your physical. But what if you had a fever and needed an antibiotic? 

            That is the point the system is being overloaded and it isn’t going to be made easier by Obamacare if Massachusetts is the model.

          • Anonymous

             Your post:

            “It works so well that wait times for your regular doctor for office visits are up to two months.”

            Regular doctor visit = physical, fever or an emergency trip is different. I can see my doctor, or another one at the same practice, the same day. This will not change with Obamacare.

          • Anonymous

             I am talking about Massachusetts. Check the links I provided elsewhere.

          • Anonymous

             I had a localized pain that was getting worse over time and got right in to to see my doctor. Sweeping statement like that rarely hold up to scrutiny. But my physical did take two months to schedule.

          • Anonymous

             Again, read my links. i am talking bout Massachusetts Gophers original point.

    • Anonymous

      If we have affordable healthcare, and you choose not to buy it, or pay the penalty, then don’t expect me to cover your medical costs.  Your choice. 

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of hyperbole…

  • Anonymous

    Preventative care alone will make up for any new expenses associated with the Affordable Care Act. LePage is pandering to fools.

    • Anonymous

       And you can prove that how?

      • Anonymous

        Logic.

        • Anonymous

           That’s lame! Your logic is not anyone else’s logic.

          • Anonymous

             No logic has to follow some very strict rules to be called logic.

  • Anonymous

    A typical Republican/Tea Party rant.

    Red-faced whining and rejection of the Affordable Healthcare Act

    BUT

    offering absolutely no Republican alternative.

    If people like LePage had their way, the poor would not have any healthcare,

    and when they get sick – well it’s their fault they’re poor, right?

    I guess we should just let them die, right Paul?

  • Anonymous

    You are joke Paul LePage.

  • PLEASE! don’t call him a penguine, I think they are beautiful. He’s more like a seagull, he’s always squaking, trying to take someones food, and he craps on everything. Besides he was ellected by about 20% of the population of Maine so he deserves our respect. 

    • Anonymous

      Hmm the last Gov only had 27% of the vote, but I don’t see you talking about that!

      • Didn’t say I liked him eiteher Commonsence38, I just didn’t hear him squak as much. did you show him any respect?

        • Anonymous

          As much as I disliked him yes I did because I was in the Military.  Next question please!

  • Anonymous

    The Affordable Care Act was passed and signed into law in 2010. Why is it that the tea party parrot republicans waited until after last weeks ruling by The Supreme Court of The United States to start crying about it being a tax?

    • Anonymous

      Because it wasn’t completely read and it has been shoved down our throats whether we want it or not!

      • Anonymous

        Are you really trying to get us to believe that in over two years you didn’t get a chance to read it? By having it shoved down your throat do you mean having it enacted into law by a legally elected congress who voted it into law and by a legally elected President who signed it into law? Heck the highest court in the land, The Supreme Court of The United States found that it did not violate The United States Constitution. Is that what you mean by having it”shoved down our throats”? If you do then you could say the same thing about any law that congress passes and is signed into law by The President. Maybe you should start reading all of the laws. Have fun.

    • Anonymous

      Because that lying sack of crap that you libs voted in said it wasn’t a tax.

      • Anonymous

         As far as liberal me is concerned it is not a tax. It is a penalty. Like not paying your taxes. You get a penalty. Not carrying health insurance. You get a penalty. Justice Roberts found the mandate constitutional on that basis and went to great lengths in his opinion to ferret out the whole labels issue. It was he that called it a tax. Don’t put words in liberals mouths please.

      • Anonymous

        Well first off I always enjoy hearing from those who have a grasp on things. I do have to tell you that you are mistaken on one point and correct on the other. I have been a registered republican since 1967. I am hardly a “lib” as you so wrongly put it. As far as voting in a lying sack of crap as you so elegantly put it (you certainly have a way with words) you are 100 percent correct I did vote for LePage. I have been doing my best to make up for it since I found out what he really is, but please accept my apology for voting for him in the first place. I’m sorry. 

  • Anonymous

    Governor LePage is an American we can be proud of. Rare in Maine…

    • Justin

      What makes you proud of him?

    • Anonymous

      A Canadian

    • Anonymous

      Speak for yourself, defintely not for me (and a probable majority of Mainers).

    • Anonymous

      A floridian

  • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      What’s your plan?

  • Anonymous

     He is a hatchet man.  He is not going to think his way through anything.  That will be left to the next governor.  They will have to reconstruct the state government again.  LePage isn’t capable of solving anything, just destroying and deconstructing.

    • Anonymous

       My comment was deleted inappropriately so I’m putting it back. 

      What I said is that that the Penguin administration is an embarrassment and an abomination that has done nothing to help the people of Maine and has yet to solve a single problem. 

  • Anonymous

    Look who’s talking about the New Gestapo!!! He’s way out in left field!

  • Anonymous

    He needs to shut his mouth. It’s so disgusting that these people correlate universal healthcare to being pulled from your home and killed. It’s not even close. It’s a terrible assertion. 

    • So then why is the IRS hiring agents to find and imprison people who can’t or don’t want to get, health insurance? Why would I be put into prison for not being able to afford health care, yet at the same time not qualify for free health care? Isn’t that just putting me between a rock and a hard place, unnecessarily?

      They might not be coming to kill me, yet…

      • Anonymous

        That’s not what they’re hired to do. You can’t honestly be serious. Collecting taxes is NO WHERE NEAR what happened during the holocaust. That is such a disgusting assertion. It’s ridiculous. 

  • Anonymous

    Thank You Gov. LePage!!!   Last week when the Supreme Court announced their decision saying Okay to Obama Care, WE the PEOPLE lost a RIGHT.  Our Right to CHOOSE.  As a small business owner, we are being taxed to Just Getting By.  How does anyone think that those who will NOT pay for health ins. ,in turn, will Pay the fine?  A liberal friend tried to explain the plan as the same as requiring a Drivers License.   and Auto Ins.  She said there really is no difference.
    I disagree.   My RIGHT to choose has been taken from me.  And now an IRS hiring frenzy has begun.  They will be the Amercicans who will come after our homes for NOT paying into this ins.
    Obama is the worst of any president in the history of this country.  Nov. 12 we the People will vote him OUT.

    • Otis B. Driftwood

       Republicans want the freeloading to continue while my insurance premiums go up.  They think everyone can just go in to the emergency room and not pay their bill.

      • Anonymous

        Because Dems do.

        • Otis B. Driftwood

           who do, they all do…repubs, dems, independent, tea bags

      • Anonymous

        That will continue to happen.  If you think this law is going to change that, then you are nuts!

        • Otis B. Driftwood

          There is absolutely nothing different about this, than there is with the State mandating that you have insurance to register and operate a vehicle.  In the instance of health care when you welch out on a bill others premiums increase, so in order to protect the premium costs for others, you are now required to have a healthcare policy.  It really is very simple.

      • Anonymous

        You are so very wrong.  Republicans do not want Freeloading to continue.  They want just the opposite.  If you get all your news here then try the tv.  BBC seems to be a trusting news source.

        • Anonymous

          And they have nationalized health care!

          • Anonymous

            Oh my!

      • Anonymous

        I will add that I had an accident 3 yrs ago and when entering the ER, there were no people speaking English in the waiting area.  I had to have surgery and with no health ins.  I was forced to pay BEFORE surgery and at every dr. appt and for each physical therapy session. I DID PAY.  My credit is now in the bad and my taxes Continue to pay for the Freeloaders. I am Republican and a Patriot.  I do NOT agree with Mandatory Ins.  This is a direct violation of my Right.  and Yours too.  Why don’t you see that?

    • Anonymous

      YEAH, you’re RIGHT. It is SIMILAR to being PULLED from your HOME to be KILLED. Almost exactly the SAME.

    • Anonymous

      As a business owner I see nothing wrong with it.
      Of course before I decided to take on employees I made sure my business could financially provide for them.
      This included ( gasp ) health insurance
      If a business can not support their workers they should not be in business.
      Why should taxpayers be held responsible for your workers?
      Shouldn’t you be held responsible for your workers?

  • At least the Gesta—-errr—IRS agents will be easy to spot. They’re the ones holding their cigarettes in odd ways.

    • Anonymous

      LOL

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     The one miracle Romney could claim for himself, he dare not mention. Largely due to the health-care-reform law passed while he was governor, Massachusetts has the third lowest infant mortality, the very lowest child and teen mortality, and the second lowest teen birth rate in the country. It has the second highest rate of access to health care for children.

    A more agile politician could claim that he got the current “Massachusetts Miracle” started. The state now ranks fifth in job creation, with a relatively low 6.3 percent unemployment rate. It is first in the United States in reading for fourth-graders and eighth-graders, and fifth in the world (ahead of Singapore!). It’s the sixth most hospitable location for business. Its rates of divorce and suicide are among the nation’s lowest.

    But Romney chooses to pretend the state fell off into the Atlantic. While shunning the Bay State, Romney flew off to Sin City – on the very day he clinched the nomination with a win in the Texas primary – to hang with a vulgar self-proclaimed real estate and gambling mogul who still harbors doubts about Obama’s citizenship.

    Donald Trump, whom Romney calls “good people,” is the constant of Romney’s campaign. Looming large on Romney’s website is Trump, finger pointing, saying “I Want You, Dine With The Donald & Mitt.” There is a sweepstakes to win a trip on “the Trump vehicle,” a stay at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Manhattan, and dinner with the odd couple.

    • Ben Hutchins

       Technically, I think you’ll find that teen birth rates are a solid 0.00% of births the world over.  As far as I am aware, no teenager has ever been born that way.

  • Ben Hutchins

    Wow.  The IRS is a secret police organization tasked with taking people away in the middle of the night and murdering them now?  That’s banded-numbat hyperbole even by Governor Cobblepot’s “standards”.

  • Anonymous

    The “reductio ad Hitlerum” approach to argumentation is one of the key hallmarks of those lacking intellectual sophistication.

  • Anonymous

    I am a CAN DO, optimistic person who does not like to criticize yet there comes a time when “evil succeeds because good men do nothing”:

    GESTAPO???!! He should know what one looks like.  Dangerous man. Hope enough see it to stifle his strength come November. At my age really don’t care because I will thrive no matter what. He just added more to our property taxes by cutting health nurses in our schools for towns to make up, cut the benefits of property tax refunds of the less fortunate, cut pre-school programs and prescription drug assistance for the elderly, reembursement for our county jails AND HE HAS GONADS ENOUGH TO SPEAK UP AGAINST OBAMA. What are we coming to??

  • kcjonez

    No, the Gestapo reference is not a good one.  It is totally over the top.  It is the quintessence of ignorance.  It is an invocation of Godwin’s Law which means the governor automatically loses all credence in the debate.  And furthermore, for you to think that it is a good reference speaks volumes about your understanding of history.  

    • melibusa

       “No, the Gestapo reference is not a good one.”   I disagree.  Any entity that gets its pound of flesh, irregardless of the consequences of the victim,  is indeed of a Gestapo mentality.  If one cannot afford the cost of health insurance and instead must pay a ‘tax’, doesn’t that make it even more difficult to purchase the insurance?  To be collected by the IRS and its methods is indeed a Gestapo tactic.  We all worry about terrorism, acts like this is where it starts. When all else fails even a rat will attack when cornered. 

      • kcjonez

        If what you proclaim is true, then all tax collection is terrorism, that which builds our roads and that which fights our wars, that which keeps our planes from crashing into each other, that which keeps our air breathable etc…  
        If you truly feel that way then you are an anarchist and I will posit that your vision of America is greatly inferior to one where we protect ourselves from all manner of enemies.  

      • Anonymous

        There is no comparison to being asked to pay taxes, and being sent to the death camps for the “crime” of being Jewish.
        LePage’s “Gestapo” reference is an insult to all who survived the
        Holocaust.  The Gestapo came into your home and sent you to the death
        camps for being Jewish, a union organizer, a Socialist, a liberal, gay, a
        Jehovah’s Witness, or a person with a disability.  Twelve million
        people died in those death camps, six million for being Jewish.  Those
        who remember the Second World War know what a real threat we faced. 
        Don’t insult our World War II veterans and the survivors of the
        Holocaust by lightly throwing around a word like “Gestapo.”

      • Anonymous

        Only those people who can afford insurance will be taxed for not buying insurance, the tax is to stop free loaders, people who use hospitals etc. and don’t pay.

        • Anonymous

           Not much of a punishment if it is cheaper to go without and sign up when you get sick.

          • Anonymous

            You are right it should be much higher, it does go up as time goes on so maybe it will stop the free loaders.

  • Justin

    Election Day is November 6, first of all. I may not agree with you, but you should be allowed to vote – that’s how America works.

    How many people are employed in your small business? If you have less than 50 employees, you’re exempt. More info on exemptions and rebates here: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/08/small-business.html

  • Important to keep in mind is that this is no gaffe or slip of the tongue. His weekly addresses are pre-recorded and are typically sent to the media on Fridays.

  • Anonymous

    True, he has yet to solve a problem.  His specialty is creating MORE of them.

    • Anonymous

      Name 1?

  • Anonymous

    Boy BDN there are a lot of people slamming the Gov., however you don’t seem to want to remove any of those posts, but you have to remove others that slam the Dems?  You are a joke of a news source and should be discredited from every angle.  The most liberal news paper in the state!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks.  You speak Volumes.

    • Anonymous

      What’s been removed?  If so, they must of flagarently not followed the rules. Lot of that going around from the rabid right, much of it not caught.

      • Anonymous

        It’s not just about this article.  It happens on this site all the time.  Anyone that slams the Democratic party gets a lot of there posts removed.  Just like any other liberal BS paper in the country.  But all you liberals think its great.

        • Anonymous

          Data please.  Regardless of your views, if you follow the rules, your posts should remain.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I gete supicious of absolutist statements like “it happens all the time”.

          • Anonymous

            Kinda hard to prove the data when they get removed genius! And of course you’re suspicious you’re liberal and agree with everything this paper says!

        • Anonymous

          I just had a leftist person insult me and I returned the favor in a gentle way. My post was removed the instigators remains.

          I just went back and the others was removed now.

          • Anonymous

            What has happened to you reminds me exactly of this book I once read, the Diary of Anne Frank. What she went through seems nearly identical to the suffering caused to you by the BDN moderators.

          • Anonymous

             People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not the one comparing taxation to genocide — that’s what’s truly making a mockery of a tragedy.

          • Anonymous

             Leave me alone.

            People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.

          • Anonymous

             I don’t see any jokes here. Nor do I see any harassing, unless someone is being a little sensitive about having to share the toys in his sand box.

          • Anonymous

            I wouldn’t mind so much if my rather tame posts weren’t removed by the moderators.

            I can’t retaliate. So I ask to be left alone.

          • Anonymous

            And yet you engage in the exact behavior you complain about.

          • Anonymous

            LEAVE ME ALONE!! I do not follow posters around the site harassing them.

          • Anonymous

            Um, I was replying to your post. 

          • Anonymous

             Don’t.

            People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t use the reply button?

          • Anonymous

            So why isn’t Lepage blocked?
             

          • Anonymous

             BDN Moderators do it all the time. They remove anything that they disagree with, no matter how mild. They ALWAYS leave the insulting, rude, disgusting Liberal posts!

  • Anonymous

    Anyone w/a functioning brain stopped listening to a thing this imbecile said just five minutes after hearing him struggle to put two coherent thoughts back-to-back.

  • Anonymous

    He should know.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure I would have used the same words. BUT he is not all that far off when the IRS is the enforcement arm of a government forcing you to purchase an item you may not want or need.

    My advice. Don’t buy it.  Pay the fine/tax if you have to. It’s cheaper. If you get sick. Sign up. No pre-existing conditions. Remember?

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking it would be best for all concerned if this man just stopped talking.

  • More lies from our nasty, mean jerk of a governor.

    • Anonymous

      What lies?  Please list the LIES.

      • Otis B. Driftwood

         16k IRS employees is a Fox news Lie.

        • Anonymous

          No its not.  That came from the CBO.  Last I knew they are an independent group!

          • Anonymous

            Quit selectively quoting the CBO, it’s hypocritical. 

        • Anonymous

          Apparently the NYT tells lies too.  That is where I read about IRS hiring 16k employees soon After Obama took office…………… a few days ago it was also announced that more people would be hired  for the IRS.  That was NBC.  So how is That for Fox news?

    • Anonymous

      Oh my he speaks the truth and raises his voice and is a mean jerk.  BOO HOO, stop your whining!  For all of you that say get over it about the crappy health care law, then I say get over it or move out of Maine, because he will be here for another 6 years!

  • Anonymous

    LePage is showing his true colors again. Throwing that tantrum.  How about how the HMO’s have made million on profilts.  Denying coverage to those of  you that have  a pre exhisting condition.  How Many  times the Docs have to beg the insurance company to let you have a test done that was necessary. I would say, gestapo could relate to the insurance companies  they control our health.  They don’t care who dies.  Insurance companies only care about  money.  The bottom  line is money 

  • Anonymous

    An attempt to cover up his foot-dragging on implementing Maine health policies.

  • Anonymous

    You’re ideology is completely delusional. Conservatives who disagree with government takeover are NOT the cause of fatal diseases and accidents.

    • Can you explain to me like I’m a 2 year old how this is a government takeover.  I’m with you, sell me!

      • Anonymous

        Challenge accepted. Before Obamacare, the decision to buy health insurance was made by an individual. This was done either privately or through employment. Many Americans have chosen to live without health insurance, paying for health related costs as they occur. Obamacare implements an individual mandate, which is just that– a mandate. There is no longer a choice whether or not to buy insurance. Anyone in violation will be penalized a percentage of his or her income every year until he or she buys into the insurance industry. That, my friend, is government takeover of an entire industry.

        • Anonymous

          Most of the people without health insurance don’t have it because they can’t afford it.  Our current (pre-Obomneycare) system leaves millions of Americans uninsured and getting the lowest-quality and most expensive care — emergency rooms.  As a nation we spend more per capita on health care than any other nation, and get poorer results than most industrialized nations (most of them have so-called “socialist” plans that keep costs down and deliver better care). 
          We have higher health care costs, a higher infant mortality rate, and shorter life expectancy, than Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and almost any European nation.
          Enter Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton — and then the Republican alternative to the “Hillarycare” plan, which was Romneycare, with the conservative Heritage Foundation’s idea that made this capitalist plan work, the individual mandate. 
          Romney tried it in Massachusetts, it got coverage for 98% of the people of Massachusetts, and people loved it once they understood it.
          Obama then abandoned the Democratic “Hillarycare” stye plan, and endorsed “Romneycare,” and got it passed on a national level.  Romney and the Republicans now reject their own plan, and promise to repeal it and replace it (with nothing — they’ve got nothing else — this was their plan, and now they say they’ll repeal it).
          The only reason that Republicans hate the Obama/Romneycare plan is because the Democrats got is passed.  It was a Republican idea, but once a Democrat said he liked it, bipartisanship went out the window.

        • Anonymous

           The fact is, we, the working Americans with health insurance, paid 45 billion dollars in 2010 for the folks who “chose” not to buy insurance. The free ride will end when they pay for something. What part of the fact that sick people go to hospitals and get free care under the present system do you not understand?

        • Anonymous

          What do you call the intervention of various states in  abortions?   I know it can’t be government takeover in the eyes of Republicans, but I am curious what it is called?

          • Anonymous

            What intervention are you referring to? Roe v. Wade was a complete federal takeover to legalize abortions across the board– completely in disregard to the 10th amendment state rights. That’s the same problem I have with the healthcare overhaul– blatant disregard to individual liberty and state sovereignty.

          • Anonymous

            You must be really grumpy about the laws outlawing slavery too.

        • Anonymous

          However it is not resonable to pay as you go in healthcare. Most people do not have $500,000 to $1,000,000 to pay for an unexpected illness or accident. So the uninsured will either go without care or get care they they could never pay for. Which means that those of us with insurance will pay for the free ride.
          There is one thing we can do that might please Republicans. How about if we close the healthcare system to those who refuse to buy insurance unless they can pay up front?
           

      • Anonymous

        Okay, I’ll bite: When the Government (currently run by Democrats) come between you and your doctor it’s good, the masses applaud it, they think they will be getting something for nothing and that everyone will prosper. Unfortunately, history has proven that to be false.
        In contrast, when the Government, run by Republicans, let you keep more of your hard-earned money instead of redistributing it to those that didn’t earn it,  it’s bad.

        See how it works now?

        • Anonymous

           The government could let us keep more of our hard earned money by not maintaining roads, police, fire, or a military for our defense.  Do you advocate those things?

          How can one “earn” money if they are too sick to work?

          • Anonymous

             In some cases, yes! We all pay taxes to maintain roads, yet our roads are in disrepair. We pay taxes for police, yet here where I live, there is none. Fire? Volunteer. Military? Great, until a President comes along and guts it!

            It boils down to the simple difference: Democrats see all everyone’s income as theirs, and they allow us to keep a little of it.
            Republican see income as belonging to the earner, and they require only enough to run essential services of the Government.

            Somewhere, we try to reach a happy medium, but income still belongs to the person earning it, not the government!

        • Anonymous

           The whole argument about coming between you and your doctor is fabricated. It is spin pure and simple. Even the Heritage Foundation talks of that only from the standpoint of how to finance, not deliver, health care.

          • Anonymous

             I know the government is changing or wants to change, recommendations for certain cancer tests.

          • pbmann

            The government has been doing that for years.  The government changes recommendations based on new science.  Always has, always will.

        • Anonymous

          Where did you get the idea that the government is coming between you and your doctor, I think you have this confused with the Republicans and abortion, that is where the government comes between you and your doctor if you want to get an abortion even though it is legal in the USA and the government has no business being involved.

        • Anonymous

          complete distortion.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad his rant lacks truth.

    • Anonymous

       So it’s NOT a tax? That’s what I heard Roberts say.

      • You pay NO TAX if you bother to take personal responsibility and get health insurance, and Mitt Romney wanted all the people of Massachusetts to do.  NO TAX if you just do what any responsible person would do for themselves and their family.

        • Anonymous

           Sorry David, even if you have/get insurance you will be paying a tax! Obamacare is stacked with 22 new taxes! Everyone will be paying more! Need a test? There’s a tax on that! Need a medical device? Another tax! Hospital stay? Tax! And so on.

          Why anyone would want the Government to come between them and their doctor is beyond me, but some obviously need that intervention.

          • “Why anyone would want the Government to come between them and their doctor is beyond me, but some obviously need that intervention.”

            Why any would want a for-profit insurance company, not the government, between them and their doctor is beyond me. I have far more chance of getting changes enacted through democratic process than by the free market.

          • pbmann

            New taxes like the 10% tax on tanning booths, which is a volutary tax in my opinion.  Most if not all of htose new taxes are “voluntary taxes” of one kind or another just like taxes on cigerettes and alcohol.

      • Technically what Roberts said is that a penalty is indistinguishable from a tax.

  • Anonymous

    So, you admit it was headline grabbing with no substance whatsoever.

    • Anonymous

       LePage didn’t write the headline, Chris Cousins did, and the BDN approved it knowing full well it would raise the Left’s ire!

      • Guest

        ….

        • Anonymous

           But he didn’t write the headline. BDN used the most explosive thing they could to make LePage look bad. I agree that it should have been in the piece, but it didn’t need to be in the headline unless the point was to incite readers.

          • Anonymous

            The bdn didn’t have to use a headline like that to make LePage look bad.  He does a pretty darn good job of that all by himself.

          • Anonymous

             Maybe, but they did. Obviously so they could fire up all the haters they know are out there. And it worked! Look at all that have appeared!

            People love to hate, and people love to hate LePage. Mostly for no other reason than he was elected!

          • ” Maybe, but they did. Obviously so they could fire up all the haters they know are out there. And it worked! ”

            I’m shocked that a conservative would disparage a private enterprise for engaging in free market capitalism in a way that maximizes profit.

          • Anonymous

            The BDN reported what LePage said.  If he didn’t want it reported, he shouldn’t have said it.

          • “BDN used the most explosive thing they could to make LePage look bad. I agree that it should have been in the piece, but it didn’t need to be in the headline unless the point was to incite readers.”

            You seriously fail to understand the concept of a headline. Using your theory, 9/11 headlines should have been “Bad Day in Manhattan”.
            Your boy is a arrogant, bombastic fool. You elected the guy, relish it instead of whining about unfair treatment he brings on himself.

        • Washington County

           It’s not a penalty. It’s a TAX

          • Its a Penalty AND a Tax!

    • Anonymous

      Headline grabbing.  perhaps.  sure got tongues wagging here didn’t it……….so what. does that make you feel superior ?

  • KW Crosby

    Bull. Liberals made fun of GW as well they might, the guy was a buffoon and a terrible president. They didn’t threaten to kill him and try to encourage others to violence, as “Tea Party” members have with Obama. They didn’t hate with such vehemence that they would rather their country went down in flames than he have any modicum of success, as Republicans have with Obama. Disagreement and criticism is NOT the same as vicious, hateful, nasty rhetoric.

    • Anonymous

      You are kidding I hope, because your facts are incorrect! What are you in his administration? Typical liberal, blaming racism on everything!

    • Anonymous

      Um, I distinctly recall a movie about killing Bush!

      Perhaps you know why anyone that disagrees with Obama is labeled a racist, when race has nothing to do with it?

      Republicans and Democrats will always disagree, it’s how they do it that really matters.

      • Millicent

        it was a British movie, btw. “Death of a President”. Hilary Clinton’s remarks “I think it’s despicable” – U.S. film companies refused to show it – CNN and NPR refused to broadcast the advertisements. AND – if you really knew anything about the movie, it was more about the hypothetical aftermath of what would happen in the US if the president was assassinated, than “killing Bush”. 

      • “Perhaps you know why anyone that disagrees with Obama is labeled a racist, when race has nothing to do with it?”

        Disagreeing with the President is profoundly American. Disrespecting the President by heckling him during State of the Union address, or telling the President that he cannot address Congress, or refusing to believe the President is a citizen of his own country is profoundly disrespectful. When one profoundly disrespects someone who happens to be black, one appears to be profoundly racist.

        If you are appalled by all the disrespect to the President but still oppose Obama’s policies then you are not racist. Otherwise…. well, if the shoe fits….

    • Anonymous

      Whatever.  You are Wrong.

    • Anonymous

      He was a traitor to this country and put us in harms way for his own personal gain.  Karma works and some day he will answer.

    • Anonymous

      Ummm, they made a movie about assassinating Bush.  The left lionized it.  Surely you forget……
      Or not.

    •  They put a bounty on his head.  The extent that liberals “hate” is amazing and beyond belief.  You only see what you want to see and believe what you want to believe.

    • Anonymous

      GW was neither a buffoon or a terrible president. He was elected twice by the people, so according to you the American people are idiots twice. Nice thinking

      • pbmann

        He may have been re-elected but we really don’t know who won the 2000 election thanks to the Supreme Court overrulling Florida’s right to a recount.

    • Anonymous

      You are sorely misinformed.  The TP never threatened to kill obummer.  You must watch CNN.  They did vehemently hate dubbya; where were you?  They DID wish the country had gone down in flames.  How soon we forget.  The vicious, hatefullness and rhetoric that was spewed from liberal mouths was far more intense than the distastefullness for obummer.

  • Anonymous

    Big mouth is back.  He can’t create jobs so he creates hate and seperation. Guess his health care is working alright for him. The rest of us have got screwed blue. 

  • Anonymous

    Did everyone miss where it’s going to be “Against the Law” with fines if people don’t have insurance?
    So where will people who can’t afford any now get the money or pay the fine?
    Affordable healthcare?! How about reducing the cost of medical care? Which is so over inflated  it’s criminal
    Lower the cost of medial care is the only answer.

    • Anonymous

      Why don’t you run for office show everyone how to lover the cost of medical care?

      • Anonymous

        You know on a voting ballot it list the names of those running and then theres a blank line for other? My name has been on the blank line for the last 20 years.
         Do you remember back when cereal prices were getting pretty high and people said forget you we’ll eat bacon and eggs? The government made the cereal companies lower the price. Milk has always been held down.Then the government got all ticked off and upped eggs saying it was bad, bad cost more and then they upped the price of coffee it was bad for you too.Now that prices are jacked up,  it’s good for you. SCAM,SCAM,SCAMS.
        On Jan.1, 1931 my grandparents sold a dozen eggs for 25 cents. In 2012 eggs are about $2.00 a dozen. Same day they sold 2lb of butter for 90 cents, They paid 11 cents for a loaf of bread.
        On April 20, 1931 they paid $6.75 for a year subscription to the Bangor Daily News
        If the government can dictate the cost of cereal, dairy products, they can heathcare.
         I’m sure you remember in history class how the European said if they kill off the buffalo, you’ll kill off the Natives. You should also remember they entrapped the Natives on reservations and sent them diseased blankets, and spoiled foods.  Allowing high medical care cost out of the reach of most is not one bit different.
         We the people should be stopping the handful of politicans from forcing and FINING people for lack of insurance and force them into lower medical cost.
        Come on $10,000.00 an hour in a recovery room.$1200.00 for 30 pills and for 18 cents a day we can feed, dress, teach and give medical care to  children in other countries.

  • Millicent

    don’t like tax payers paying for other’s health care, Mr. LePage? Perhaps you should get rid of your health care  that we tax payers are footing the bill for. In fact, how about all republicans that are elected officials lose their tax payer funded health care. 

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the Job’s Gov’ner? Where’s the Jobs?
    Stop talking and do something!

    • Anonymous

      Casino, Fireworks need i say more!

  • Justin

    You’re saying that just because something is attention-grabbing means it’s a good choice of words? Gestapo to me, according to world history and the definition of the word, is a group of people who could arrest, interrogate, and imprison anyone suspected of being disloyal in any way to the state.

    Grabbing attention has its place, but should we use it to compare a new American policy that’s already in place in every other industrialized nation to the brutal genocide of millions of people? Guess that would explain Godwin’s law, at least.

    • Anonymous

       Your definition sounds about right. This is the IRS we’re talking about!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you………….

  • Anonymous

    Hey BDN,
    1.Keep it civil and stay on topic 2.No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. 3.People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure LePage’s remark in itself constitutes a joke about tragedy.

  • Anonymous

    Hate?  Name calling?  Lot of that from the rabid right.

    • Anonymous

       But you have to agree, more on the Left try to get away with it.

      Let’s see, the Right has Rush, Sean, and a few dozen others.
      The left has Bill Maher and everyone else!
      Not very even.

      • Anonymous

        Limbaugh, who mocks people with Parkinson’s disease (such as Michael J. Fox, and my sister and brother), and called a young woman a prostitute because she was brave enough to testify in favor of birth control before Congress — is a disgrace, and should not have a national radio bully-pulpit. 
        I’m no fan of Maher, and don’t know anyone who watches him.  The rhetoric is out-of-control on both sides.  But LePage is the governor for Pete’s sake,  and should be held to a higher standard.

      • pbmann

        The RW has by far more name callers on the radio then the left does, not even close.

        Just do a Google search for RW talkers and you’ll be amazed at just how many their are.  Then do a Google search of how many RW editorial contributors there are and you’ll be amazed.

    • Anonymous

      Rabid is a fit description for your so called lib comedians,.   Bill Maher, Letterman , both who are rude and often boring.

      • Anonymous

        I’m no fan of either Maher or Letterman, but at least they present themselves as comedians, and by and large, they don’t use language as hateful as the words that come regularly from people like LePage, who is a high office-holder and should be held to a higher standard.
        “Gestapo”?  Really?  That’s an insult to those who survived the Holocaust and know what a real Gestapo does.

      • Anonymous

        Isn’t Ann Culter rabit?  I thought I need a vacination when I read this…

        “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.” “There is a growing body of evidence that radiation in excess of what the government says are the minimum amounts we should be exposed to are actually good for you and reduce cases of cancer.” -Ann Coulter, on fears over the fallout from Japan’s nuclear crisis, Bill O’Reilly interview, March 18, 2011 “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”

  • The old saying, united we stand, divided we fall, will come into play this november. If we take the republican road, we will divide and fall. The choice is yours.

    • Anonymous

      and if we continue with the current federal disaster than we’ll fall anyways.

      • The federal disaster you speak of came from Gov. Perry’s talking points. He is history and so is your talking point.

    • Anonymous

       And you really think we will unite behind a Democrat? Really? Why would anyone do that after the last 4 years?

      If you expect us to unite behind a Democrat, then you have to be willing to unite behind a Republican! After all, what’s more important, the country or your own Liberal ideology?

      • Anonymous

        Shouldn’t you be getting ready for church?

  • Anonymous

    IRS agents are more like Mayberry Deputy Don Knotts than the deputies of the Governor’s Special Enforcement Unit of Maine Revenue Services.   They have awesome powers and use them, collecting some $900,000 a month from hapless Maine taxpayers.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a disgusting comment. I’m sick of this man constantly embarrassing our state. Collecting taxes is nothing like collecting people to be killed. What an awful assertion.

    • Anonymous

      what happens when you don’t pay your taxes?
      and if you refuse to pay your taxes? 
      Jail time.

      sounds like lepage is right on.
      “pay up or else!” – IRS

      • Otis B. Driftwood

         What’s new??..and your pal LaPudge will come looking for you, if you don’t pay your taxes, so one would say that he is an agent of the Gestapo as well.

      • Anonymous

        They don’t kill you, that’s for sure. 

  • Here’s my idea, we join together and create a new PAC. We can call it “Disappointed in ME. , we can call the national chapter “Disappointed in US. As Disappointed in ME. we can petition the govnah to put another sign in Kittery right under “Open for business” saying; “Turn around there’s no job or health care for you” What do you think folks.

    • Anonymous

      Now, if you can only get someone else to pay for it. Maybe raise a tax for something that you don’t believe in.

  • Anonymous

    And on this weekend’s episode of “Real Governors of the Northeast”, Paul will try hard to be more controversial than Chris.   Sundays at 9pm.

  • Anonymous

    Scientists say the universe is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons—- BUT — they keep forgetting to mention morons!!!!!

    • Otis B. Driftwood

       the god particle of which is LaPudge

      • Anonymous

        That’s not a particle, that’s a massif.

  • Anonymous

     200,000 deaths annually from In-hospital medical errors.

    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/hospital_errors.html

    • Anonymous

      And all you conservatives cry about is tort reform. To many medical malpractice lawsuits are driving up healthcare costs. It’s not true but conservatives love to throw it around. Medical malpractice litigation amounts to about 1/2 of 1% of all healthcare costs.

      • Anonymous

        Spoken like an attorney. A major Democratic constituency.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you Cheesecake. I’ll consider that a compliment. A lot of people say they hate lawyers until they need one. I hope you never become a victim of medical malpractice but if you do, who ya gonna call?

          • Anonymous

             I pay my attorney when he performs tasks I require. I have been encouraged by him on other occasions to sue people that I thought was a bad idea. He, of course, only wanted to make money. I, of course, had to smack him on the nose.

          • Anonymous

            I’m sure he was only looking at his position from a “free market” point of view which shouldn’t bother anyone with conservative values. Try to be more compassionate. lol

          • Anonymous

            Maybe, He’s a nice guy as Ambulance chasers go.   :)

      • Anonymous

        Does that number include settlements or when it actually goes to court.? That would be quite different.  If you included all the money paid to hospital employees to document every little thing, sometimes multiple times, that would also boost that number.

  • Superuser23

    LePage said the measure, which he called Obamacare, “raises taxes, cuts Medicare for the elderly, gets between patients and their doctors, costs trillions of taxpayer dollars and kills jobs.” 
    Was he looking in the mirror at the same time he said this?, cut, gets between and costs money and kills jobs.

  • Anonymous

    A question:  How is that so many people  who say “health care is not a right” also call themselves “pro-life”?   I mean, how can you have the right to life without the right to health care to preserve your life?

    Or is it that in your mind, the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth?

    (Spare no expense to save that teeny little fetus, but don’t lift a finger to help a malnourished one-year-old.  Makes perfect sense.  And so-called “conservatives” get soooo irate when others call them heartless.)

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely right. Someone needs to bring this to the forefront ASAP. Have been espousing that for a long while. Right to life is either from conception to the grave or they should get off their high horse.

    • Anonymous

      That’s an excellent point. Would a pregnant woman, sick, but without insurance, be denied healthcare if it were up to Republicans? Apparently so.

  • Anonymous

    I guess he doesn’t like the IRS because he has to pay his share like the rest of us!!!He is an embarrassment to the state of Maine!

  • Anonymous

    Gestapo, an extreme term coming from an extreme man, one who is known to have little patience for our democratic processes and one who has aligned himself with an extreme party which has extreme ideologies. I think we’re all set in knowing who the Fascists are.

  • Anonymous

    Standby for, “The Governor’s Director of Communications, Adrienne Bennett, was unavailable for comment” in 3, 2, 1.

    • Anonymous

      She must go through lots of Tums.

      • Anonymous

        Do handpuppets have stomachs?

        • Anonymous

           That’s not where the hand goes…

  • Anonymous

    sright on gov now cut the welfare and make anyone ineligible unless they have lived in state for one year and were born here or lived here since they started school

  • Guest

    …..

    • Anonymous

      If your liberal blogs were true, this would be all over the media.  Nice try though.

      • Millicent

        he’s on video saying it….how much more proof do you need? 

        • Anonymous

          This gentleman, and I use the term loosely, doesn’t want to hear the truth, he got caught with lying and doesn’t know how to handle it.   This is typical of most of the Republicans they lie and lie and then refuse to answer anymore questions and just walk away.

      • Guest

        …..

      • Anonymous

         how about Sharron Angle?

        “I hope that’s not where we’re going, but, you know, if this Congress
        keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second
        Amendment remedies and saying, ‘My goodness, what can we do to turn
        this country around?’ I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is
        take Harry Reid out.”

        sound familiar?

  • Governor LePage, be reasonable.  You’re the governor of the state, not some BDN right-wing commenter.  I know your academic background is business not history, but possibly you have read a book or two or at least watched something on TV so that you should know that the IRS is nothing like the gestapo.  Can you name one instance where anyone has been taken away in the middle of the night for interrogation and execution?  You shouldn’t make remarks of such an absurd nature. 

    It’s obvious that you don’t want the ACA even though the plan was proposed by conservatives and put into effect in Massachusetts by Governor Romney.  This plan, hideous in your eyes now, comes from people like you.  So why do you find it so offensive?  Eventually it appears that you will, as governor of the state, prevent residents of Maine from obtaining the benefits of being American citizens.  American states have often throughout our history shown themselves to be less than reliable in ensuring the rights of Americans.  Is this going to be your legacy, too?

    • Anonymous

      LePage + Reasonable = Oxymoron

    • Anonymous

      well said.

  • Anonymous

     Wait, I though Obama was the anti-Christ?

    • Anonymous

      Nah, he’s the guy who is paid to be the fall guy. Do you really think these “blue blood” old big money, like Morgans, Rockefellers and Fairchilds would show their real faces. They pull the strings.
      Obama so wanted to make a name for himself he was willing to be bought. He’s not even a full blooded A.A. I’ll bet you a coffee and donut in the end he goes down like a tree cut off at the ankle.
      He’ll be blamed for people dying, because people who can’t afford insurance now aren’t going to be able to come up with money after it’s a law for insurances or fines. They’ll go hungry and die or go without heat and die and worse those who are carrying the welfare now are done for because their taxes will go up. It’s all about culling the herd of those who are not super rich, by slow death. The rich and government don’t only want us dead they want to make us suffer for it.
       I think we need to take back our country, kick out anyone who isn’t willing to take care of their own and their community.

  • Anonymous

    If I had a tax picture as complicated as the Governor’s, what with the adult kids living with him in a government owned home, “adopted” sons from foreign countries, property in Florida but none in the state in which he works and all that, I probably wouldn’t go getting myself on the IRS’s radar.  But then again, I’m just a citizen, and no one’s going to pay for my lawyers.

  • Anonymous

    The liberals are believing their own lies…..they are the hate mongers !!!! We need more LaPages and a lot less of obama..Live Free !!

    • Anonymous

      The problem with comments like yours is that they lack substance. Yours also includes insults. Always a good way to convince people you are right: call them liars and hate mongers.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Georgw Washington , Sam Adam and Paul  Revere need to return !!

  • Anonymous

     Do you ever have anything constructive to say, or are you only capable of being insulting?

  • Anonymous

    lePage seems to think everyone lives in a utopia with good paying jobs, no overdue bills, no one is poor enough to require a helping hand, everyone is productive and able to give back to society. If he ever comes down off his high horse and back to reality he may come to his senses.

  • Anonymous

    “And by August, thousands of Mainers will receive a rebate because their insurance company spent too much of their premium on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.”

    Ya, right ………………………………… I won’t hold my breath.

    • PaulNotBunyan

      They will probably get their rebates on time. Too bad the rebates don’t cover their cost increases.  I think a lot of people are taken in by this rebate propaganda. The math is simple enough. Add the insurance premiums paid, deductibles paid and co-payments. Subtract the rebate amount. Compare that to the previous year total cost. The bottom line for most people is that they’re paying much more and their income doesn’t increase anywhere near enough to cover that. In many cases people are experiencing a decrease in income.

      People should view any increase in the amount employers pay for health insurance as part of their personal cost. It definitely impacts their pay and other benefits. If your employer is paying $20/week more towards your insurance, view it as a 50 cent per hour raise you lost.

    • Anonymous

       And when that doesn’t happen, she’ll deny saying it!

    • Anonymous

      Well, I kind of agree with your skepticism, but this is from Wiki:

      “Insurers must spend a certain percent of premium dollars on eligible expenses, subject to various waivers and exemptions; if an insurer fails to meet this requirement, there is no penalty, but a rebate must be issued to the policy holder.[64][65][66]

  • In his address LePage says:

    Now that Congress can use the taxation power of the federal government to compel behavior or lack thereof, what’s next? More taxes if we don’t drive Toyota Priuses or if we eat too much junk food or maybe even pea soup?

    Perhaps someone will tell him that the tax credit for purchasing a Prius ended in 2007, but that many 2011 hybrids still qualify.

  • Anonymous

    The good thing is poor people will start paying 1/2 of their income for their own insurance.  The bad thing is the government insurance won’t cover much of anything.  Aspirin, Tylenol,… call the Dr. next year if you still have that heart condition…

    • Anonymous

      You sound as if you don’t know anything at all. Please, let me help you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act#Background

      • Anonymous

        That link was a simpleton’s view from Wikipedia.  Not even worth reading due to it’s inaccuracies.   Understand that you WILL BUY HEALTH INSURANCE IF YOU HAVE A JOB, or your employer may wish to provide it, but will probably take the fine and cut you loose to get it yourself….  or you pay the fine too.  No free lunch here unless you sit at home on welfare and make fatherless babies like a female rabbit.  And the TAX can be any crazy % from Hell if the government wishes.  They OWN you and me.  This is only a win for illegals and brood mares.  Even grandma and grandpa take a (-) $500,000,000,000 hit on their healthcare benefits on Obamascrew.  

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I read as many comments as I could before I got bored.

    Question: If Obamacare proves to not be the panacea Obama and EVERYONE on the Left swears it will be, are you going to be willing to admit you made a mistake?

    Will you be willing to work to fix it? Or would that be admitting you goofed?

    Something (call it my natural skepticism) tells me you wouldn’t admit a wrong decision no matter how obvious or destructive it was!  

  • Guest

    LePage is right on the money with his remarks.  Especially the one about the Supreme Court setting a precedent to tax you if you don’t do what the Federal Government believes is good for you.  Watch this unravel in the coming years.  You’ll be paying extra tax if you go out and buy a pound of bacon or anything the Gov’t claims is not good for your health.  All it is is another way to squeeze more money out of the taxpayer so big Gov’t can spend more on welfare unemployment benefits…a liberal belief and objective.

    • Anonymous

      Right on the money? So being taxed is the same as being killed? 

      • Anonymous

        Only if you find food and shelter important.

      • Guest

        Correct.  If you pay the tax and eat what the “Gestapo” says is not good for your health,  you die of coronary heart disease after a brief illness.

        • Anonymous

          Ridiculous. Not even close. 

          • Guest

            Ha ha!  I’m sure you know better.

    • Anonymous

      Since you are so obviously correct about the “welfare state,” then the monetary wealth in society must, in fact, be trickling down to the lower class poor and unfortunate citizens among us at an alarming rate. This wealth redistribution can’t be tolerated! Right?

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     You need to try some anger management.

  • Anonymous

    You poor victim. Let me guess, the comment moderators are just like gestapos? You feel exactly like Anne Frank right now?

    • Anonymous

       People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.

      • Anonymous

        If only LePage could be blocked from the state for his remarks. Clearly he must be joking about a tragedy, otherwise there is no excuse for comparing taxation to genocide. 

      • Anonymous

         You keep saying that, I don’t think it means what you think it means, Indigo.

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     You need to try some anger management.

    • Anonymous

      perhaps you can tell me where it is that you go to treatment.

  • Ironic.  I’ve had issues with the IRS through the years, but there’s always the Taxpayer Assistance division people who’ve always sorted any issue out, professionally and promptly, that the general IRS divisions fouled up.  The *WORST* “Gestapo” is our own home-grown Maine Revenue Service.  Hey, LePage… want to fix something you are the executive of?  Fix MRS first, and then lob your verbal grenades at IRS.

  • fourCatssoon

    Just remember who said it first – Le Page is the “Worst” Governor EVER elected in the history of Maine Governors. He must have had a bad fall when he was young which really fouled up his Dendrites firing correctly and that is what happens as a result!

    • Jonathan Smith

       I’ll vote for him again just so the Maine socialists can foam at the mouth

  • Anonymous

    How much longer is this irrational man going to be in office?

  • Anonymous

    Could LePage BE anymore dramatic?   Oy.

  • Jonathan Smith

    16,000 new IRS agents and 22 new taxes. Thanks a lot Democrats and RINO’s!

    • Anonymous

      Did you read that on the Maine Heritage Policy Center website?

      • Jonathan Smith

         No actually you can find that on any internet news site – Associated Press, Reuters, etc. I wouldn’t want to confuse you with old fashioned facts though.

        • Anonymous

          Liar.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jonathan. I’ve tried to track down the source of this 16,000 number and so far all I have turned up are right wing sites like Politico and Limbaugh and others. Do you have a link or some other source for this information?

    • Anonymous

      Well, I did some additional research (isn’t google amazing!) and according to this site, http://www.factcheck.org/2010/03/irs-expansion/, your number is false, wrong.

      Q: Will the IRS hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the health care law?
      A: No. The law requires the IRS mostly to hand out tax credits, not collect penalties. The claim of 16,500 new agents stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t scuttle the economy as George W Bush-Cheney did, then present people with no opportunity to make a living wage by sending jobs overseas as Romney already has, and poisonthe air, water, and food supplies as corporate America has continued to do, while inflating oil prices, and then tell the middle class and the newly poor they are on their own when it comes to necessary medical care.

    Obama 2012.

    • You got it right. Let’s hope it catches on.

      • Anonymous

        Type your reply…

  • Anonymous

    Laughable!!!!  Unfortunately this simple mind is the chief executive of the State of Maine.  God Help Us!!!

    • Anonymous

      Will give Jay Leno another laugh.

  • It’s an insult to see him wrap himself in the flag that stands for us all. He stands for the arrogant few. He should be scarved in a burlap bag.

  • Anonymous

    The rhetoric on both sides — as evidenced by this page — is out of control.  Gov. LePage is in a position of authority, and so we should hold him to a higher standard than those who post anonymously on this page. 
    While LePage is cutting MaineCare, he complains that the federal government is trying to extend medical care coverage to all Americans, using the “Romneycare” model the Republicans themselves put forward as the alternative to “Hillarycare.” 
    But what is his ridiculous brouhaha about?  The Republicans say they will “repeal and replace” the entire “Obamneycare” bill. 
    They want to “repeal”: repeal would leave  people with pre-existing medical conditions unable to get coverage; repeal would leave young people with no ability to get coverage on their parents’ plans; it would mean your insurance company could drop you as soon as they didn’t like paying your medical bills; it would leave millions of people uninsured, and leave taxpayers with the bill for all of those forced to go to the emergency room for the most expensive care because they have no coverage — and they haven’t any plan at all to “replace” the Obomneycare bill because Obamacare is basically Romneycare, and the Republicans now reject their own plan. 
    The Republicans have no alternative — Obama passed the “Republican alternative,” and now the Republicans reject their own plan (because a Democrat got it done).
    LePage’s rhetoric about the IRS as the Gestapo is over-the-top and would be just silly if it wasn’t so insulting to those who faced the real Holocaust and know what a real Gestapo  does.

    • Anonymous

      LePage sure knows how to offend everyone. Today it’s both the uninsured, the Democrats, and as you point out, people who suffered under the Gestapo.

  • Anonymous

    oh but lepage thinks that he can do a better job, yeah right…..all he knows how to do is take healthcare away from deserving needy people. 

  • Anonymous

               A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided
    veryinteresting statistics from a survey by the United Nations
    InternationalHealth Organization. Percentage of men and
    women who survived a cancer five yearsafter diagnosis:
    U.S.
    65% England
    46% Canada
    42% Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who
    receivedtreatment within six months: U.S.
    93% England
    15% Canada
    43% Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who
    received itwithin six months: U.S.
    90% England
    15% Canada
    43% Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one
    withinone month: U.S.
    77% England
    40% Canada
    43% Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per
    millionpeople: U.S.
    71 England 14
    Canada
    18 Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say
    they arein “excellent health”: U.S.
    12% England
    2% Canada
    6% And now for the last statistic:
    National Health Insurance? U.S.
    NO England
    YES Canada YES

    • Anonymous

      Good stats…

      • Anonymous

        Thank You C.Cake

        _____

    • Anonymous

      Actually our stats would be considerably different if everyone had a chance to get a diagnosis….in the US, you do have to wonder how many people really die of breast cancer…..and how in the world can these stats claim that people in the US can see a specialist within one month is a good stat, when you have such a large portion of the population that can’t even afford to go to the doctor to get a referral…….These are cooked stats from the Heritage Foundation……

      Its sort of sad that you, libsux, think this is all absolutely peachy keen and that this absolutely justifies keeping things just as they are……..when the stats are very obviously cooked and ignore such a large portion of the population and their very real need for healthcare. 

      If you were honest, you would have titled this “Statistics comparing INSURED US versus the UK and Canada……”  If this were “Total US Citizens versus Canada and the UK ” things would look very very different…..

      • Anonymous

         You have that all backward. If our statistics/rates are counted without the uninsured then surely they are comparable to the insured in other countries. Aren’t they???

      • Anonymous

         When did lack of insurance ever stop someone from walking into a hospital emergency room?

    • Anonymous

      You’ve left something out. You have omitted the 40,000,000 U.S. citizens who don’t have any insurance at all. For your statistics to be correct, you should have included everyone in the U.S., since everyone in the U.K. and Canada is included in your numbers.

      • Anonymous

         What will it do the doctor/patient ratio when you add 40,000,000 into the mix?

        Ever had to wait at a DMV office? Imagine another 40 million in line in front of you!

    • Anonymous

       Thank you for posting all that. My father died because of the “wonderful’ healthcare in England. Too many here haven’t experienced first hand what they want to bring here. Once they do, they will curse the day obamacare passed!

  • Anonymous

    Shame on LePage for using the Gestapo as part of his slings and arrows….it is an affront to every Jewish person whose ancestors were the innocent victims of Hitler and his Gestapo. Using the term to describe the IRS minimizes the REAL destruction and fear caused by those people in the 1930s and 40s.

    LePage said the new law encourages citizens to rely on the federal government rather than their own independence. “Success should not be measured by what we can get for free, but
    rather what we do and give back to society when we are independent and
    productive citizens,” he said. “Government-run health care is not what
    the American dream is about.”
    Yeah, tell that to those in Congress who get free healthcare for life while trying to deny it to every other American citizen.

  • Anonymous

     LePage’s “Gestapo” reference is an insult to all who survived the Holocaust.  The Gestapo came into your home and sent you to the death camps for being Jewish, a union organizer, a Socialist, a liberal, gay, a Jehovah’s Witness, or a person with a disability.  Twelve million people died in those death camps, six million for being Jewish.  Those who remember the Second World War know what a real threat we faced.  Don’t insult our World War II veterans and the survivors of the Holocaust by lightly throwing around a word like “Gestapo.”

    • Anonymous

      I do not believe the Gov. intended any insult to those who survived the Holocaust.  I believe when he used the word, Gestapo, he could have been referring to the U.S. IRS.
      Because the IRS is being prepared for Fine Collections and that is fact.  Seems all the comments today are thin skinned.  The fact remains that both parties do not always share the same line of thought.  Tossing negative comments here only adds to zero accomplishment.  It is past time the People stop the complaining and offer solid solutions to this nations problems.  We cannot leave all the work to the elected.  It would be nice to have more unity in our country.

  • Anonymous

     NO, they die because of bad health.  EVERYBODY, by law, must be accepted at hospitals.  They cannot be turned away.  Your rhetoric is astounding–totally wrong, biased, misleading and inflammatory.  You should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Anonymous

      No, not all bad health. Some perfectly health people die.  Things go wrong in there, and bang without warning you are gone. People die from accidents….. a lot of them. But what does dying have to do with health care? Don’t really need it anymore. But the article he was referring to suggests that the cause of death is lack of insurance. Just that. They die because they have no insurance to cover the care that would prevent their death. And, it is only emergency rooms that cannot turn away people: If you’re in the emergency room, you’re probably too injured to haggle with hospital administrators about how you’re going to pay for your care — especially if you don’t have health insurance. Fortunately, in 1986, Congress passed the Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) that prohibits a practice commonly known as “patient dumping.” The act gives individuals the right to emergency care regardless of their ability to pay. EMTALA was enacted as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).. . But they can deny you care if your condition is not an emergency. For more interesting facts on this issue: http://www.insure.com/articles/healthinsurance/emergency-rights.html .

  • Anonymous

    Yeah.  Like the IRS has sent hundreds of thousands of people to the gas chambers . . .

    LePage is an insult.

    (Yes, the extermination toll reached millions — a lot of those were rounded up by the SS and the Wehrmacht.)

  • Anonymous

    Actually, the healthcare exchanges will offer we peasants choices OTHER THAN ANTHEM…which means the Anthem deathgrip on those unfortunate enough to need health insurance that actually insures them will be broken. 

    Now, let’s ask ourselves why a politician like Pauly Boy would be so disconcerted by this? Could it be that the faux invitation to insurers other than Anthem will not go into effect, and preserve the Anthem scam? The exchanges will free the peasantry from continued looting? And the “benefits” the Anthem deathgrip offers the politicians will end????????????????????????????? 

    Pray tell, Pauly Boy, why don’t you tell us what really bothers you about changing the possibilities offered to the people of Maine/ 

  • Anonymous

    gotta love lepage

    • Anonymous

      if you’re a masochist.

  • Anonymous

    otis! otis! otis! i like the name but not your veiw

  • You really should tone it down “Gubnor” if anyone is the new “Gestapo” it would be the T’Baggers.  One and done and none too soon.

    • Anonymous

      Yes take note:  That is the only group he hasn’t insulted

  • fourCatssoon

     because 68% of Maine’s population don’t like this the “Worst” Governor ever elected. Does that help you under stand – like Republicans and Cancer are the same disease that works to destroy the Spirit of the American People while it makes dthe Repubs and their very rich lobbyists richer. Write this down please.

  • Anonymous

    The closest to Gestapo was Bush, followed by Obama with their insistence the government could kill Americans without having to show cause, could torture enemy combatants, prosecute through military tribunals instead of the judicial system, and could send detainees to other countries for interrogation(torture). The CIA, NSA, Homeland Security are way more of a threat to American liberties than the IRS. Still, none of these groups compare to the Gestapo.
      Unsurprisingly, LePage shows outstanding ignorance, as do his supporters.

    • Anonymous

      Whatever.  I choose to totally disagree with all you have said.  Bush bashing is passe.
      Maine Gov. is merely cleaning up a financial mess that was made by overspending in the Baldacci helm.  Nothing more.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a good reason to be against everyone having health insurance!  after all the whining the Tea Baggers do about paying for someone else. LOL

    • Anonymous

      Who is a whining Tea Bagger/  and why do you call the Tea Party group, Baggers?  That is classic  of liberal fright.

  • More than 50,000 people a year die every day, no matter the cause. Death of the flesh body is a predictable inevitability.

    Do I not care? No, I care very much, but the reality is that no matter who is in charge, people are going to die. What do we really blame it on? A lack of money, or state funding?

    All the money in the world will not save you from dying. How you leave, is up to you though. Have you accepted Jesus, who promised a better tomorrow? All you have to do, is believe that Jesus is the Messiah, Son of God, to live. Admit you’re wrong, and just ask God for forgiveness. That’s all he really wants!

    That’s all the whole bible boils down to: God reaching out to us in the man that we know as “Jesus”. He even went so far as to ask forgiveness on behalf of the people who were putting him to death! How isn’t this a righteous thing?

    Don’t spite the name of Jesus, for the ignorant and willfully disobedient actions of so-called “Christians” of today. Don’t let the bad examples of your fellow sinner, get in the way of your salvation from Jesus. You will die anyway, what more could be taken from you? What is at stake, here?

  • Anonymous

    Having worked for the State of Maine for 28 years and been promised certain thing upon retirement until LePage got in.  I’d call him the Gestapo.  I’m sure many other public sector workers and teachers feel the same way.

  • Anonymous

     You are so right and it’s so sad.. After reading some of the very-very nasty comments on this sigh, it seems to me no one gives-a-damn about the 50,000 people how die every year just because they can’t afford to go to a doctor :( :( :( :(  What will Jesus think about that ?

    • Jesus would think: Well if they just listened to me in the first place, none of this would ever have happened. No one would die, and it would be a utopia. Instead of being like Adam, and blaming Eve for his disobedience to God, take responsibility for your actions and just admit that you didn’t do enough to prevent disease in your household in the first place. Why is America the fattest nation on earth? Because we’ve got REALLY lazy! We have no one to blame, but ourselves.

      But you’re going to die anyway, no matter how good you eat, how much you exercise or relax. It’s going to happen.

  • Jonathan Smith

    This isn’t Massachusetts. If you truly want to live in a unsustainable welfare state, I suggest people move south or at least stay to greater Boston – or live within the safety of greater Portland and all the hacks there living off the state. The rest of us are struggling to work for a living and need not be burdened by back breaking taxes.  If you are genuinely this angry at LePage, go to Canada – I’m sure they have plenty of money for freeloaders

  • Jim

    Wrong, those deaths are the falult of those who chose not to get insurance  while those of us that work pay through the nose for all of these poeple.    I think Lepage is right in his comments.  Obama care is not the way of taking care of those who do nothing for themselves and look ar t us for their support.  Yes, there are those who have no choice, but too many are chosing to have the hard working class take care of them.  I just had a surgery and had to pay more than 8k out of my pocket because I had insurance and am resposible for my bills.  As for the comment onthe IRS, again, the working class get screwed while the welfare laugh all the way to the bank.  The gestapo is out for the working class and no one else.  Face the music people, we are in trouble and I respect and support our governor!

    • Anonymous

       But that is the whole point of ACA. People must carry insurance. Or pay that penalty. And your premiums and maybe that deductible will come down when that happens. You pay already in higher premiums. Don’t you want everyone to pay their fair share? Sure sounds like you do.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, it looks like someone is having a temper tantrum… feeling a little called out there, Preston?

  • Anonymous

    Great job LeBUFFOON.  Just keep up the nuttery !  You are a LIAR and an irrelevant embarassment to our state and you are SINKING the Maine GOP like a boulder in a lake.  I love it.  Your TeaRadicals are going to get CRUSHED in November.  PS:  The Affordable Care Act is the national TWIN of ROMNEYCARE, your own candidate’s plan which he said should be a national model, and  is full of provisions that were originally REPUBLICAN ideas.  Your idea of freedom?  Freedom to get sick and die quickly.  That’s what it is.  Every word you utter makes Jesus Christ throw up.

  • Anonymous

    Oh give us a break.  The ReTHUGlicans put the “N” in the word nasty, with your hateful hurtful gang on FAKE-News, Beck, Coulter, Insanity Hannity, O’LIElly, and the rest of your ilk.  And LePage is a foul-mouthed joke who is sinking your pathetic TeaRadical Party like a rock in a shallow pond.  Come November, we are going to boot you TeaRadicals out of office but good.

    • Anonymous

      You can call out names of whom ever you want.  It merely shows who you really are.

  • Anonymous

    Can we impeach LeRage now or do we have to wait for the next election to remove him from his abuse of power? I don’t see LeRage or any of his Republican brethren forfeiting their government sponsored insurance benefits. Don’t our taxes pay for his premiums? I can’t wait for the day when he has to pay for his own.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure what you are talking about with your wild charges here, but I have seen you TeaRadicals clap and cheer about the idea of someone dying if they can’t pay their medical bills, booing a U.S. soldier who happened to be gay, painting Obama’s face to look like the Joker from Batman or Hitler, continuing to crazily insist Obama is not an American, bullying and assaulting counter-protesters at TeaRadical/Republican rallies, and on and on.  After the last election you people were lynching effigies of Obama, and at your rallies people had toy monkeys that they were referring to as “little Hussein Obama”.  Most of the TeaRadical sentiment is fueled by abject ignorance and racism, and you know it.

  • Anonymous

    Was Lepage elected to help find solutions for the people of Maine or just grab people’s attention?

    • Neither. He was the last man standing becauseMaine  Democrats decided that running the corpse of Libby Mitchell was a smart idea even though it was apparent that she had no traction with the electorate.

    • Anonymous

      He was elected by the majority .  Many said it was time for honesty and change.  Maine got both when we elected him.  In the end, we are a country that should be united and not divided .   This is not dress rehearsal.   I hope the mean spiritedness will tone down.

      • pbmann

        He was not elected by the majority, sionce when is 38% a majority?

  • Guest

    Thank You Paul….. :-)

    The majority of the US is behind you.

    Next time you speak, you might want to include Media-Mike Michaud, Princess Pingree & Herbie Clark to that Gestapo list.

    • Anonymous

      Not even true. 

    • Anonymous

      Really? How do you figure that? Doesn’t matter anyway, it’s the law now. You will have medical insurance whether you like it or not. No more going to the emergency room and causing my rates to go through the roof because you’re too lazy or stupid to go buy your own policy.

      • Anonymous

         Your rates aren’t going down.

      • Anonymous

        many who go to the emerg. room DO pay their way.  

      • Guest

        You can roll over like a little coward, but like many, we are giving you & Obama the middle finger…. :-P

        What are you going to do about it, or better what is Obama going to do- Nothing…!

        With all of the unrest around the world, and the citizens of other countries rioting because of government mismanagement, do you actually think that Americans do not intend to get Colonial over this issue…?

  • Uhh, professing a little ignorance here.  Who is Herbie Clark?

  • Anonymous

    This is what I don’t understand: why would anyone prefer a for profit health care system like we currently have? An insurance company earns profits by charging the highest premium possible and paying out as few claims as possible. The CEO’s of the largest health insurors earn milliions of dollars each year. Why would anyone think that is a better system is baffling.

    • David A. Woodbury

      Government-run anything is not the answer. But insurance should never have become a for-profit game. It didn’t used to be. People paid into a pool that they administered amongst themselves and benefits were paid according to rules everyone agreed to. If insurance were run the way credit unions are today you’d have a good system. But lawyers and accountants can’t make big bucks if they aren’t in control. And since lawyers and accountants run the government, they had to make sure they get paid first. There is nothing so mysterious about insurance that it takes a millionaire CEO to run it. That’s just a symptom of the big business prostituting itself for government protection. They BOTH need to be run out of the insurance business. But it won’t happen, and a 3,000-page fairy tale for lawyers is not the way to fix it.

      • Anonymous

        What? “Government run anything is not the answer”? Are you serious? How about the Armed Forces? The Navy, the Airforce, the Marines? They’re government run. How about the FDA, that ensures you aren’t taking bogus or ineffective (or worse) drugs, or aren’t eating contaminated food? What private company would do that specific work and who would pay them, the pharmaceutical and food industries? That’s a recipe for disaster.

        There isn’t room enough on this page for the myriad services, absolutely essential services that the Federal and State governments perform for us on a daily basis. Do they make mistakes? Yes. Are they perfect? No. But I can tell you first hand from having traveled throughout most of the world, that life in the U.S. is far, far better than most countries. Why? Because of our liberal, democratic republic. 

        Ironically, health care is one of the areas where the U.S. is not a world leader. Of the thirty four nations belonging to the OECD twenty three spend more as a % of GDP than the U.S. http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=SOCX_AGG 

  • Anonymous

    Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!!!!  Gauleiter LePage

    • Anonymous

      There was a sign over the gates of the concentration camp Auschwitz, maybe we need to take down the open for business sign at the state line and replace it with: “Arbeit Macht Frei” 

  • Anonymous

    LePage is a disgusting corporate toadie and a LIAR.  Plain and simple.  And he is a corporate tool of ALEC, the Heritage Foundation, and the rest of that disgusting UNPATRIOTIC ANTI-CHRISTIAN ilk.  The Affordable Care Act’s individual responsibility provision, orginally a REPUBLICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION idea before they all went TeaRadical, will only apply to a very small percentage of the population which fails to purchase insurance even though they can.  People will receive tax credits if needed to pay their premiums, and the healthcare exchange markets will reduce costs.  As Mitt Romney himself said when talking about his TWIN LAW in Massachusetts as a national model, “It is a Republican solution to getting the 30 million people insured who are not now insured.”  Republicans should be rejoicing.  It continues to mainly use the PRIVATE insurance system to get everyone covered.  The nonpartisan CBO says it will save hundreds of billions of dollars.  ROMNEYCARE, this law’s Massachusetts twin, has 98% of everyone covered there, it is highly popular, and costs are down.  Republicans are just fine with THEIR GOVERNMENT RUN MEDICARE which they aren’t lining up to give up anytime soon, and they love the military and VA hospitals which are TRULY socialized medicine.  Then they decry the Affordable Care Act.  What TOTAL HYPOCRISY.  What LIARS !  How UNPATRIOTIC and UNCHRISTIAN.  Republicans have the gall to go blathering around all day about how much they love Jesus, and then lament the idea of people having healthcare.  It obviously makes Jesus Christ want to throw up.  And what is the new Republican plan to cover those 30 million people?  NOTHING !@Anne_Pierce:disqus  That is what it is.  Their plan is “Are you sick?  Don’t have insurance?  Tough luck.  Just die quickly.”  Republicans TeaRadicals like Paul LeBUFFOON live to serve their corporate masters and nothing more.  Everyone else be damned.  Well, tell you what, come November we are going to CRUSH the Maine GOP at the voting booth, and deservedly so. 

  • Anonymous

    LePage must have had a slumber party at Rush’s house last night.

  • Anonymous

    They die because of bad health.  I can understand if a 60-year old retiree needs medical attention for age-related care.  Librals cannot convince me why I should have to pay for some fat, 30-year old gamer that has not worked a day in his life, who is having a cardiac arrest from too much pizza and Mountain Dew.

    LePage is correct in his calling the IRS the new Gestapo.  This is not how Socialism starts, this is how Communism starts.  You implement something to create fear in the populace, making them easily controlled and docile.  You then break down the Constitution so that the government has all power over the people.  Then, the government leader imposes a mandate that all who threaten their position of power are a threat to national security.  They stay in power indefinitely.

    It is happening folks.  Wake up.  The rights that you liberalss think you will earn under Socialism will be stripped away under Communism. 

    • Anonymous

       You keep harping about accountability. Great. But accountability for individuals and a free ride for corporations shielded by the Republicans makes no sense. When a mine poisons the water, who pays? When mercury from coal comes down and poisons the fish so they can’t be eaten, who pays? When large corporations dump their retirements and leave elderly sick people with no income while the big-wigs wheel barrow the money out the door, who pays? How about when oil companies have pipelines that break and pollute hundreds of people’s drinking water, who pays?

      The answer is we, the taxpayers do. US Steel and a host of corps have dumped their underfunded pension plans into the lap of the government. When the Dems try to enforce environmental laws to prevent sickness and death, you right wingers scream about government interference and gestapo tactics. How about you scream about accountability, that it is their coal burning making some people sick, etc. Instead, when Dems try to make everybody pay for a healthcare system that everybody uses, all of a sudden it is not about responsibility, it is about choice. Changing stories, changing history, Tea Party specialties.

  • Anonymous

    And the same day LePage sneers at health insurance for all Americans, this same paper has an article about 3-year-old Zyen Provost in Caribou, who is battling a potentially devastating series of illnesses and is alive today because of MaineCare.

     (http://bangordailynews.com/2012/07/07/news/aroostook/3-year-old-caribou-boy-battles-rare-disease-at-boston-hospital/).

    I wonder if LePage would like to stand beside this child’s hospital bed and tell him how much Republicans hate the notion of him being helped.

  • Anonymous

     What a trip, your post. You say you don’t want to pay for somebody who brings on health problems by living a dissolute life. Don’t look now, but these people already show up to an emergency room (the most expensive way to get medical care) and the tab is picked up by the public.

    How many 26 yr. olds have getting medical insurance as a priority? Right now, if they are in an accident, sports injury or a snowmobile accident, we pay, they get a free ride.

    Please read more about the Civil War. It is plain from the letters that survive that the governors of the South knew what was at stake. They sent a delegation to see the gov. of KY before the war, and they stated over and over that if the South lost, it would be the end of slavery. They asked how the people of KY would feel about having to treat Af-Ams like equals. Your yakking about what the Civil War was about reflects the revised history foisted on the public years after the war with the rise of the KKK. You are wrong, wrong, wrong. Even conservative historians don’t agree with you and your kind.

    One more point, and there could be many more made, taxation without representation? Shows how much you know about government. You remind me of the Republican running for the Senate in IN. He described bi-partisanship (which he favors) as the Democrat adopting his point of view. TeaParty thinking that only they have the answer. You are so short of knowledge, it’s a wonder you can turn the computer on and type a coherent sentence.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry that rambling makes no sense to me.

      • Anonymous

        Appears to have made sense to the 31 (as of now) people who clicked “like.”  Unlike your little gem of snideness.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not surprised.

      • Anonymous

        Not understanding why, even a 5th grader could make sense of that comment.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe it has something to do with your rightwing bias?

  • Good grief governor, stop blaming the poor for all of our problems.  That’s way too easy.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Gov. Lepage, for having the backbone to speak the truth.  If only we had 49 other governors and 1 president like you, America would be a far better place to live in than it is right now.

    • Ben Hutchins

       … if you’re rich and white.

    • Anonymous

      It’s the truth to say the IRS will come round you up and send you to a death camp?

  • Anonymous

    You said, “Christians will refuse to pay for your hedonism and fight for their rights to the death.”

    I see.  It’s a holy war then over health insurance.

    Good luck with that.

    • Anonymous

      Jesus would be so ashamed of the modern American Christian…

      • Tom Brown III

         if he existed…

        • Anonymous

          your ignorance is stunning

        • Anonymous

          He existed,  right up until about 1979 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    Health care should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy. President Obama did something for the good of the entire nation on both sides of the political spectrum (and everyone in between).

  • Anonymous

    Ya gotta understand, he’s not trying to make sense.. he’s rallying his troops.  

  • Anonymous

    So am I understanding you correctly, Hammockbear? You wouldn’t choose to give poor people access to health care? I think all people should be able to. It’s kind of inhumane to think otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    He can never pass up an instance to say where welfare programs are already too generous, as if those middle class and poor Mainers that need these programs are somehow living a beautiful life that everyone should aspire too.  This man is a bafoon, constantly making comments such as the “Gestapo” comment.  I wonder how Jewish people around the state view that comment?  Has he ever dealt with a REAL Gestapo? No, he is showing his ignorance and inhumane side every chance he gets…Cant believe we have two more years of this garbage

  • Anonymous

    So he is against Mitt Romney?

  • Anonymous

    Why is it so hard for conservatives to realize that the penalties in this plan are to make sure everyone pays?  if you already have insurance, you can keep it and still pay no penalty.  The penalty is for those who think they can slip it and have someone else pay.  sounds simple to me. 

    • “Why is it so hard for conservatives ”

      To Be Conservative is to be a tightwad beyond reason!

      They squeak when they walk!

      • Anonymous

        Let me give you a reality check on my neighbors, for years our family delivered the BDN it was conservatives who always gave my kids the best tips every week and at Christmas nice gifts and tips.  My cheap liberal neighbors usually were the hardest to collect from and one (Professor UM) would give the child .10 tip a week, plus they usually owed for several weeks.

        • I shoveled Driveways as a kid for spending money, there was NO such thing as Liberals and Conservatives in my little young pea brain!

          Only one family would try to cheat us kids, The { Lepages ? } !

          “We don’t have the Money today” would be the answer, ” I’ll pay you when we get it” !

          Sound Familiar?

      • Anonymous

         Probably because we worked for what we have and did not get it given to us unlike some people.  I suggest if you feel moved to help more I am quite sure you can pay more taxes if you so wish.

        • Anonymous

          That is a crazy statement Eikemann. You really believe that conservative work hard and liberals don’t. Liberals just don’t think greed is a desireable quality and the tend to look at the bigger picture. And the health of the economy is based on the whole population and not the super wealthy. Liberals are the working people, the middleclass – the one that made this country great.

          • If that were the case there would be no rich liberals because they would be giving away everythimg above what they need.

          • Anonymous

            If there are rich liberals I wish they would bribe Boehner, McConnel, Ryan and company ( like the Koch Bros do) to maybe have a more enlightened view.

          • Anonymous

            You have plenty of those doing just that.  Take a look at hollywood.
            As for the Koch brothers they don’t control near as much money as the wealthy GREEDY liberals who make their money treating the poor to circuses while they enslave them.

        • My  wish is that YOU would pay YOUR taxes first! 

          And without crying!

          It really looks sick and disgusting!

          Also, some of what YOU have is also what WE have, and some of what WE have YOU have,

           The first step of working for “that” is by paying for your Taxes.

        • pbmann

          So called Blue States, ie liberal states, are for the most part wealthier than so-called Red States, ie conservative states.  How can that be if liberals are all lazy and not working?

    • Anonymous

      “The penalties in this plan are to make sure everyone pays”

      Simple you say? So, how are we supposed to make sure everyone pays? The people who don’t pay now are still going to get a free ride at our expense. How do you think that they’re going to collect this “penalty”? Deduct it from your tax return? What about the people who pay no taxes in the first place, so there is nothing to deduct? What about the people who not only pay no taxes, but get back more of a refund than was even deducted in the first place, through Earned Income Credit? Will they still get a EIC refund? If they have no means to deduct the penalty from an income tax refund, how are they going to collect? If you don’t pay will you be arrested by the IRS, as with other types of tax evasion?Will the IRS investigate people who don’t buy health insurance to see if they bought a new car, a snowmobile, or a big screen TV instead of having their priorities in order and paying for their own healthcare first before they buy toys?Looking at the past 50 years, how can anyone possibly trust the government? Can anyone name a government run program that is not failing or bankrupt?

      • Social Security!

        It has never bounced a check for 50 years!

      • pbmann

        The US Military seems to be doing OK, so is  Social Security and Medicare and most others would be fine if not for the intentional meddling of REpublicans.

      • Anonymous

        “How do you think that they’re going to collect this “penalty”? Deduct it from your tax return? What about the people who pay no taxes in the first place, so there is nothing to deduct? ”

        You mean the working poor?  They’ll either be now covered under Medicaid, or be offered subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance premiums.

        And the tax for not buying health insurance is non-punitive.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so the American Dream is about having your future mortgaged to health care insurance companies that will charge whatever they want to insure the profits that keep those million dollar salaries in place.   

  • Anonymous

    Sure everyone who supports Obama’s reform package wants it all free. Sure. Now who with any degree of critical thinking believes a statement like that. Who is ignorant?

    • Anonymous

      KM,
      Critical thinking is becoming obsolete. The Texas legislature just banned teaching it in their schools. Or was I having another bad dream?

  • Anonymous

    How long do  you think it will be before businesses stop providing healthcare insurance to their employees.  Why should they when their employees can get “free” insurance from the Government?  Please answer this, if Obamacare is so good why is Obama, all of the house and Senate and their staffers exempt.

    • Anonymous

      Walmart the largest employer does not give their employees affordable healthcare now.

  • Anonymous

    You already do pay for that care….. in your premium. The uninsured are paid for by us already and have been for a long time. Costs have to be covered somehow. This reform package attempts to address that. It is hardly socialism. The free market will have some constraints on it, thank goodness, but we will be buying that insurance in the marketplace. Oh that there were going to be universal health care. You know of the 10 healthiest countries many do have universal health care, or much more affordable health care than the US.

    • Anonymous

      The premiums definitely will not go down because of Obama Care. If we can afford to pay for two or three wars, all going at the same time, we certain can afford to pay for health care for all our citizens without raising any more taxes

      • Anonymous

         Don’t really know but the projections are that they will go down on average by $1000.

  • Anonymous

    Gov. are you off your meds. again?  Geez your going to have a heart attach if you don’t get back on those meds.  You really should sit down with your crayons and paper bag and see if receiving 100% of medicaid for 3 years might make sense for Maine. 
    Then I would suggest you apologize to the Jewish people who might have had experience with the gestapo. 
    By the way I am sure the people of Maine will appreciate your not doing anything for them hoping the act will be repealed.  I don’t think that will be allowed by Grover Norquist, after all individuals who carry the insurance will have a tax cut and by repealing the ACA this would cause taxes to go up.

  • Anonymous

    Please, Please someone answer this.  If Obamacare is so good, why is the president, the house and senate and all of their staffers exempt?

    • Anonymous

      It’s part of their benefits package.

  • Anonymous

    You have the right to choose, you either buy insurance and possibly receive a tax credit or don’t buy insurance and pay a tax.  The tax you are paying goes to pay for those people like yourself who might not buy insurance but use hospitals etc. without paying, in other words free riders. I sure don’t want to have to pay for other people.

    • Anonymous

      You should never assume.  I pay my way with no insurance.  This is about our right to choose.  Being told that insurance in mandatory has take that right to choose away.  So next time you refer to a specific individual about if they have ins. or not, I would hope you get your facts first.

      • Anonymous

        If you get hurt, the rest of us will have to pay for it if you show up in an ER somewhere.  This way, our premiums go down, and you get to pay so you aren’t being a burden on society.   That works for me.

  • Jim LaPierre

    Gestapo??? Really??? Governor, I may object to damn near everything you have to say but I cannot accept that you are incapable of speaking publicly like a GENTLEMAN

    • Anonymous

      Plenty of us have no problem with Gov. Lepage’s  capacity to speak truth as we know it as ethical governance has a whole lot more to do with results than means.

      The Progressive  use of the word “Gentlemen” (redefined) is nauseating. Progressives will find every possible loophole to defend the “rights” of illegals who commit crimes against Mainers and of course, the newspapers relate their crimes as having been committed by “Gentlemen”.

      Legalese aside, given the opportunity to choose between a legal and media-protected,
      puffed-up politician and Gov. LePage, Mainers will choose the definition of “Gentleman”
      they know as the true, correct definition.

      • Anonymous

        When he’s actually says something that’s true I would defend him.

        • Anonymous

          Truth needs no defense…but thanks anyway. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t care for Obama, but not liking this extremist, either. Where is one to go? Where is Reagan when you need him?

    • Anonymous

      Where is Reagan when you need him?

      Dead with 17 separate tax increases and a more than $3 trillion hike in the national debt to his name.

  • Anonymous

    Most Americans had health insurance and liked the coverage they had. Along came the supporters of Obamacare and tore our health care down and instituted more than 2000 pages most of which has more to do with our money than good health care. Why did we require more money and IRS agents as a part of this new health care legislation? If congress really gave a damn, they could have passed legislation which addressed the problems with the health care system rather than giving it a major overhaul and instituting sections which strip citizens of their rights. Our freedom to choose has been reduced and even taken away if we choose not to have health insurance. How can a Pelosi stand before the American people and tell us that it needed to be passed so we would know what is in it. This fiasco needs to go. We did not deserve another TAX—punishment for electing a leader who believes in his own omnipotence. 

  • Anonymous

    Right wingers like our idiotic governor (though the clock is ticking) can’t handle anything that involves real thought.  Simpleton bumper sticker crap like “no taxes” (Ronny Reagan raised ’em 17 times), “no regulations” (the greedy b——-s on Wall St mock you guys all the way to the bank),  “personal freedoms” (gotta love that new fireworks law – brilliant) and “personal responsibility” (funny, that is how Mitt boy characterized the mandate in his RomneyCare).
    Sheer ignorance. 

  • Anonymous

    If, as the Guv claims, the IRS is the “new Gestapo” in the U.S. of A., that must means, as per the Guv, that there must have been some sort of “old Gestapo” in the U.S. of A.

    Just who or what in the hell does the Guv believe was the “old Gestapo” in the U.S. of A.?

    Do the Guv and his speechwriters think these things through at all?

  • Anonymous

    The Maine Democrat Party: “WE’LL staunchly defend the IRS……….hey, somebody’s gotta do it!”

  • Anonymous

    Pepe just can’t help himself, can he?

  • Wasn’t it the Lock and Load , Tea Party Queen Sarah Palin that Put Crosshairs on Opponents!

  • Sad part about this is LePage is telling everyone the hard blunt truth and some people are to blindsided by political parties to see it.
     “Just” because a Law or Act is constitutional in context does not necessarily mean The People want it in the play book. 
     My recommendation to LePage is this:  If you want to make Maine a better place to live then mandate a high school course in how to repeal unwanted laws on both State and Federal levels.

  • Anonymous

    well it’s no different then the state and the taxpayers currently paying for all the people on Mainecare?  What’s the difference, the state will just pay for this big deal!!

  • Anonymous

    If he believes what he said, he’s a fool. If he doesn’t, he’s a liar and should be subject to prosecution for incitement to riot, and libel. I cannot imagine the level of ignorance necessary to support him.

  • A year and a half into it and the Governor continues to be an Ignorant Bigot!

    It appears as though that is what the Tea Party is really about!

    No Tea For Me!

    November cant come fast enough!

  •  It’s funny.  Here we are in 2012 arguing about some sort of national health insurance plan.  The right contends that this is some sort of left-wing, socialist plot.  I was watching a program about World War I and Kaiser Wilhelm is described as originator of a national health insurance plan for Germany.  It goes back to Otto von Bismarck in the 1880’s.  He is given credit for a national health insurance plan for Germany 125 years ago.  Bismarck was hardly a leftist and Germany today is one of the world’s strongest economies despite losing two world wars.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is a Goon, plain and simple.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to download all these comments and spread them in my garden- should end up with the biggest pumpkins in the state.

  • Wow, calling the governor a murderer or at least an accessory to murder? 

  • Anonymous

    It appears that the parasites now outweigh the host — Americans who work for a living. LePage is right to speak his mind against a law that strips freedom from the citizens, enables legions of sloths and encourages illiteracy through mediocrity. But then I digress…

    • But I digress – change that a little, say into Bud I. D’Gress, and you have a new and apt user name. 

  • Well, at least we have Paulie and Company out of the closet.

  • Anonymous

    I guess only Preston Nethrcutt should post comments?   I guess the rest of us are just ignorant conservatives who should just accept everything liberal say as truth.

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     When clueless, hapless, helpless, hopeless old Ronald Reagan took office, the national debt was $1.5 trillion. He doubled the debt to $3 trillion in 8 years during good economic times when we could have been paying the debt down.
     
    George Bush (the good one, the war hero) added another $1.5 trillion in only 4 years so the total became $4.5 trillion. It took only two Conservative Presidents to triple the national debt.
     
    Bill Clinton inherited an out of control Conservative budget. It took him a full term to get it under control, during which he added another $2.5 trillion to the debt for a total of $6.5 trillion. In his second term he had the budget balanced and paid the debt down by a half-trillion. The total now was $6 trillion, but the budget was running a surplus, the economy was strong, and the national debt was being paid down when …
     
    When George Bush (the ‘special’ one, the draft-dodger) took office, the national debt was $6 trillion. He added $5.5 trillion to the deficit (the largest increase in the history of the world), making the total $11.5 trillion. He also managed to invade the wrong country, mire the country down in two unwinnable wars, and destroy the nation’s economy. It took only three Conservative Presidents to sextuple the national debt (from $1.5 trillion to $10 trillion).
     
    Now Obama is trying to do what Clinton did: mop up the fiscal mess left by Conservatives. It took Clinton a whole term to balance the budget. It may take Obama longer because of the opposition of Republicans in the House and Senate AND because Bush2 left a much bigger mess than did Reagan-Bush1.
     
    Three Conservative Republican Presidents (Reagan-Bush-Bush) added $8.5 trillion to the national debt for no discernable reason. We have absolutely nothing to show for that money today. We borrowed that money, gave it to the wealthy class through tax cuts, and gave the bill to the middle class. We were told over and over that the stimulus to the economy provided by those tax cuts would result in increased federal revenue, but that was a lie each time it was said by each of those three Presidential failures.

    • Great little one sided recap. You seem to have left out the current president and his addition to the national debt. And that number is? How about showing you have an ounce of credibility and including Barry in your post? The Unaffordable Don’t Care Act will add trillions more to our exploding debt and deficit. Who will be responsible for that? Reagan? Carter? Lincoln? Barry doesn’t take responsibility for anything so no matter what it will be someone else’s fault.

      • Otis B. Driftwood

        You could find out for yourself, but seeing that berating my comment without checking your facts is your choice, I’ll update you.  The deficit stands at 16 trillion, since Obama took office he’s added just under 1 trillion to the deficit directly by his policies.  The remaining 4 trillion is directly attributable to bringing to an end the bush wars, funding required by the failed tax holidays enacted by bush.  Remember, just because bush left office in 09, his legacy of failed policies lives on, until that is straightened out.

        • Bush Derangement Syndrome lives on. Responsibility for Barry? Zero. If elected for a second term will Barry blame his predecessor for his failings?

          • Otis B. Driftwood

             Nobody is blaming bush, they are just assigning him credit for his failed policy, the fact of the matter is that just because his supporters love to put lip stick on the pig, the pig is still a pig.

          • See your post above blaming Bush. Thanks for making my point! Assigning credit? Good one.

  • Anonymous

     Very well said!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what the governor is talking about. Who’s freedom is being stripped away? So are we free when we are denied healthcare becasue we don’t have insurance? Is that freedom? Hey governor get rid of your own healthcare.

  • Anonymous

    I am so pleased to hear that the Governor apparently favors repeal of Title 29A Chapter 13, Financial Responsibility and Insurance for motor vehicle operators.    The State of Maine demands that your provide proof of financial responsibility of at least $25,000 and if you can’t do that, to have insurance in that amount.    This sounds to me exactly like Romneycare.

    • You have hit on the solution to the mandate.  If someone wishes to avoid the mandate, he or she could establish a fund that could not be touched except for medical expenses.  It might take $100,000 set aside, but no penalty. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow, a republican idea that was finally delivered by a democrat and now you conservatives cannot stand it. Good enough for Mass, but terrible for everyone else. I’m sorry ,but the very few that the “tax’ will affect will help millions more , but of course many of those who will be helped will be the poor, something the or’s can’t stand to see happen. I chuckle at the notion that all conservatives work hard and it’s those poor liberals who are living off the government. For the gov to compare the IRS to the Gestapo is pure hatemongering , which he seems to be so very good at. All this does is interfere with the social engineering that our gov wants and has been implementing

    • Two things. It was Romney’s plan, not a Republican plan. Romney just happened to be a Republican. Second, according to the constitution states are allowed to do this while the federal government is not.

      • “Two things. It was Romney’s plan, not a Republican plan”

        Wrong. The idea of mandated private health insurance was developed by the Heritage Foundation during the 1980’s. Virtually all Republicans in office during the early 90’s, including Bush the First, Newt Gingrich, Orrin Hatch, supported the idea before they opposed the idea.

      • Anonymous

        Funny how five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court disagree with your bold assertion of what the Constitution does and does not permit.

        • Judges are bought everyday. Does not mean they were right because that is the way they ruled. Because of the way they ruled there are a few inconsistencies in federal law now. Some rulings that they used the commerce clause for in the past may end up being negated. I think this points to a faulty ruling.

          • Anonymous

            So, the U.S. Supreme Court Justices who voted that the Affordable Care Act is Constitutional may have been “bought every day” (your words), but I’ll bet that you support the same SCOTUS that ruled 5-4 in the Citizens’ United decision that Corporations are people, allowing unrestricted and anonymous financial contributions to campaigns for national office.

            According to what is presented by you as logic, which case would likely attract more money to buy judges? Get real. 

          • Anonymous

            You are right about beinh bought.  Thomases wife accepted more than a quarter mill from special interests.  How did that work for them? LOL

      • Anonymous

        Wrong 1  It is Constitutional!  If you have a different opinion, take it up with the Supreme Court.  If you feel you know more that they do, maybe you should petition Obama and tell him you would like to become a SCOTUS judge when there ie an opening

    • Anonymous

      He is correct. We pay enough taxes to fight two or three wars all at the same time. I believe we should use that money to pay for health care for our citizens.

      • if health care was a right, then i might agree.however it isn’t.

      • Anonymous

         The base their argument on Christianity. You know, turn plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into instruments of destruction. Oh wait, the godly Republicans, who have a corner on religion say that. It is the Godless Democrats who advocate turning swords into plowshares and loving your neighbor. WWJD?

         The ones who claim his mantle say the poor are lazy, the rich will inherit everything, and if they are American and disagree with them then they should leave the country. If they are foreign and disagree, we should cut back on domestic programs so we can bomb them back to the stone age. WWJD.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Governor, who do you think you are? a free man who can speak his mind?

    A free man speaks his mind, a slave does not.

    Please do not apologize for these brave remarks, Governor.  The people of Maine are behind you.

    • Anonymous

      …with pitchforks.

  • Anonymous

    It is time for SECESSION from this wicked and evil government, who with the help of the controlled media, can keep even the governor of a state from speaking his mind.

    Let us secede from this evil, antichrist government, through peaceful means.

    Let us hold a plebiscite through the Tea Party, which will make us the first state to withdraw from their wicked government.

    No more endless wars in the Middle East, corrupt media, social chaos, and crushing debt.

    Ron Paul by write-in, 2012, then a New Independence Day for Maine!

  • Anonymous

    WOW, big shocker there i guess.  The governor can make all the comments he wants about the Maine People and even the President, but if you call him a name, your post will get deleted…Give me a break.

  • Anonymous

    Everything the Gestapo did to the German people and to the victims in the countries they invaded and occupied was perfectly legal according to German law.   I think Governor LePage is absolutely correct in his comparison of the Gestapo to the IRS.

  • The happiest country in the world is Denmark according to the Wall Street Journal.  Maybe we could petition Denmark to accept us as a new state, or we could hire a praerieulv (that’s Danish for coyote) to smuggle us across the border.  If we became illegal immigrants, we could enjoy all the additional advantages that illegal immigrants obtain by coming to the USA.  Of course, Denmark has a national health service.  I wonder what that means.  Number 2 is Norway, number 3 the Netherlands, #4 Switzerland, #5 Austria, #7 Finland.  All of them are in western Europe, but those Europeans have those horrible socialist governments.  I can’t quite this to make sense.  By the way, Canada is #9, and the USA is #11 (not so bad).

    This was supposed to go in as a reply to SonofBangor’s suggestion that we should secede from this wicked and evil government.

  • Anonymous

    I would vote Paul LePage to be king of Maine.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure you would find many that would love to crown him.

  • Anonymous

    “To even compare European and our American government with each other is far from logical” Exactly right. Uh, the headline of this article in case you missed it; “LePage says IRS new Gestapo. ‘ Illogical, irrational, unpatriotic and last but not least offensive to all the Jewish people in this country who lost relatives to the gestapo.

  •     “Success should not be measured by what we can get for free, but rather what we do and give back to society when we are independent and productive citizens,” he said. “Government-run health care is not what the American dream is about.”
        Insurance Companies Bilking citizen’s for every dollar that they can squeeze out of them as Hostages  to their collective economic power in the name of security isn’t Individual, Productiion, OR what the American Dream was all about!

    To think that Individual Productivity can Succeed in the shadow of the all Powerful Corporation is the Dream!

    Corporations are Entities of Socialism!  

    They own both the means of production AND the Government!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like it might be time for another trip to Jamaica and another pep talk about putting one’s brain in gear before engaging one’s mouth. The man makes all Mainers look like greedy dim wits who do not know enough to shut up.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe some voodoo spell might help.

  • Anonymous

    Be kind to all the mentally challenged. Even Herr LePage.

  • Anonymous

    I’m impressed. LePage actually sees the truth in obamacare. Anyone who thinks it is good for america isnt paying attention and is just simply touting the already failing great black hope and change rhetoric.

  • Anonymous

    the governor again demonstrates is keen intellect, grasp of history and command of the english language.

  • If LePage had done his homework, he’d know that the IRS needs more people to administer the the tax breaks now available, which are being used to encourage more Americans to insure themselves.
    And the health care “tax” is being imposed only on those deadbeats who refuse to insure, putting themselves and family members into the crowd at emergency rooms for “free” care the moment they do get sick or injured, as everyone eventually does.

  • Anonymous

    It actually makes the average worker more free. You no longer have to work for an undesirable company just to keep your insurance. You can move on to another job and take your insurance with you. It makes you MORE FREE, not less Mr. LePage.

    • Anonymous

      And THAT, Nudwick, is exactly what horrifies the fat cats. Right now, they can treat workers pretty much as badly as they want, especially if they are providing health insurance for a whole family. But with the ACA, regular people will suddenly have the power to tell them to take their crap working conditions and crappier wages and stick ’em where the sun don’t shine.

  • Anonymous

    Oh look.  BDN has decided to “review” all the stuff that disagrees with having a pompous bully in Blane House.

  • Anonymous

    People who oppose Obamacare are not executed which is what would have happened under the Gestapo. Seems to me to be a pretty big difference. The Gestapo description  does not fit. You are entitled to your own opinion but not our own facts.

    • Anonymous

      You are so correct.  Gestapo was the Gov. choice or word.  Perhaps it does not fit but does imply mandatory compliance.  There will be no executions for those who do not pay that fine, but homes will be taken and you can bet on that.  When that happens, the word Gestapo may rear its ugly head again.  In this case it is the IRS we refer too.

  • Anonymous

    You make your grade school history teacher cry.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with the governor. There is no free lunch. Obama care appears to be scam. If you can afford to carry insurance most likely you will, if you are unable, then the government should pay. Unfortunately both the state and the federal government force the hospitals to provide free health care. That is wrong. I

    • Anonymous

      There is no free lunch unless you’re a corporation.  Got any outrage for corporate welfare?

  • Anonymous

    He’s not pc or eloquent, but tells it like it is.  Love the guv!

    • Anonymous

      Collecting taxes is the same as being collected to be killed? That’s how it is?

  • Guest

    No pea soup for you, Paula Page!

  • Anonymous

    November’s election will really tell how “effective” Lepage has been for a leader!!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Preston, I will not sink to your level.  I have to wonder, what do you think would happen to this country if we didn’t have the strong underpinnings of the conservative party.  Who would put money at risk to earn a profit and pay taxes for your social programs.  Who would invest in a strong military to defend your right to not say the Pledge of Allegiance or burn the American flag?  What do you think is going to happen if the conservatives don’t get this ridiculous spending under control? 

    • pbmann

      Conservatives have never gotten spending under control.  Reagan trippled the national debt, GWBush managed to go from a surplus to a deficit in under 8 months.  And the Ryan plan would cut the debt by $100 billion in 20 years.

      Why are conservatives so scared that they have to fund the US military by more than the rest of the world combined.  The next highest countries military spending is 8% of ours.

      Why is the Republican Party calling for an increase in the military budget while cutting taxes and pledging to cut domestic spending to the bone?

      Conservatives cut taxes and then borrow money to pay for things, it is their modus operandi.

      • Anonymous

        When you cut the military budget by a trillion dollars, where are those 800,000 people you put out of work going to go to get a job?
        What will your unemployment rate be then?
        Where will you get your tech advancements from since most come from military research.
        Even the internet you are working on now was funded by military research.

  • Anonymous

    November will be upon us in the flash of an historical moment and the outcome of this election will determine the survival of all we have known as our Republic. Please cast aside the letter at the end of your name on the voting rolls and ask yourself what it is that truly makes us citizens of the United States. This is not an “All About my Lettered Politician” moment….its an “All About Every Individual’s Liberty” moment.

    Cast aside your R’s . Cast aside your D’s.

    We are well aware of all the quotes from President Reagan regarding the size and scope of government and  the function of government but it is important to add these words of Presidential wisdom as well, from President J.F. Kennedy’s January, 1961 Inaugural Speech: (http://www.ushistory.org/documents/ask-not.htm)

    “We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of
    freedom — symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning — signifying renewal, as
    well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn
    oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.”…“And
    yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at
    issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the
    generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” …..“And so, my fellow
    Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for
    your country.”

    The “Affordable Care Act” is a fraud of deception and betrayal, enacted through your usurped power by the current administration. Americans…not politicians…will find a better way.  Fellow
    Mainers beseech those of you who have appended a “D” on the end of your name to reconcile your contemporary belief system with this New England President’s words and ask yourself “What ever happened to the party policies that I used to know and trust?” “Who are these politicians who also have appended a ‘”D” after their names whom we trusted?”

    “Who are these people anyway and why do they want to control us?”

    • Otis B. Driftwood

      usurped power?…have you forgotten how SCOTUS  ruled this past week?  In your quest for those who seek usurped power don’t forget to look ant the R’s especially the RINO,  who actually are the tea bag brotherhood a union of the lunatic fringe founded and funded by the Koch brothers, whose candidate was aptly labeled by his primary opponents, fostering the attribute that is most commonly sought after by those who want to control his actions, “Etch a Sketch”, Flip Flopney, the say anything candidate with three positions on every issue.

      And remember when you quote JFK, there isn’t and will never be an R that remotely resembles his integrity.

      • Anonymous

        Aren’t you the least bit embarrased by your post? If not, then please keep it up cause you’re revealing yourself to the readers of this thread. Thanks for your help!

  • Anonymous

     I would think the folks in Maine would love Obama Care since most of the folks are already on the dole, just another give away program for you all.

  • “In this situation, we have lost a RIGHT.  our Right to CHOOSE.”
    The right to choose to freeload.Hospitals lost the right to choose when Ronald Reagan signed a law mandating that they treat all patients regardless of insurance coverage. Since hospitals are seen as necessary, that means the public picks the tab for those uninsured. It was Reagan that really took the meaningful choice away. Obama’s law attempts to make freeloading less attractive through a package of market incentives and penalties that you would have loved if it had come from the last President instead the current one.

    • Anonymous

      If you say so.  

  • Anonymous

    God bless Governor LePage.

    • Anonymous

      God bless President Obama.

  • Anonymous

    Secede. 

    The Atlantic Republic: NH, Maine, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI federated with Quebec.

    • Anonymous

       I’m sure this has been discussed many times in Maine’s history.

      • Anonymous

        It was strongly considered during the War of 1812.

  • Anonymous

    Freedom of speech?? Lepage is entitled to say what he wants, just as I am…. or as you are… or have we since lost that right as well??

    • Anonymous

       Citizen, you have no rights.

    • Anonymous

      LePage is entitled to say what he wants, but freedom of speech also means disliking what LePage is entitled to say.

  • Anonymous

    Because I no longer can afford health insurance, someone on these boards said that I am a “free rider”  Here is the plain fact: I have never asked anyone to pay for my expenses, so I am NOT and never have been  a “free rider.” 

    • That sounds nice but the fact is that if you get in a car crash and are left unconscious you may quickly run up a six- or seven-figure emergency bill that the rest of us get stuck paying (after you’re totally bankrupt).
      The only way “free enterprise” can work in health care is if there is a moral hazard, namely, we let the dead bodies pile up outside the ER.
      And America is not so morally bankrupt that we would ever allow that to happen.

      • Anonymous

        Of course they treat you, but you pay your own bills. Your assigned next of kin can decide if they want to pull the plug or give you the seven figure bill while you are unconscious. Sorry, but these catastrophic scenarios are what they tell the public to scare the crap out of everyone. How many of those have you known? And of those, how many did the community raise funds for to help out the family?

      • Anonymous

        Yet.

  • { Obamacare is our taxation without representation.  You can use the argument that our elected officialss have the say, but as long as they are given under-the-table benefits from special interest groups, it is not proper representation. }
    Under the Table Benefits? Special Interest Groups? Taxation without Representation?

    Haven’t you noticed?

    It’s the “Insurance Industry”  through their paid for Republicans fighting this tooth and nail,

     not the citizens!

  • The figure of 500 billion dollars being cut from medicare is  frequently  mentioned… it’d be  nice to have anyone at all cite specifically where it has been cut. I’m old enough to have been on medicare  for about 25 years and have yet to pay anything at all other than the annual deductable….With my co op insurance for the 20% that medicare does not pay, the total is always covered. I’ll be  counting 90 years on the planet  in a few years and  have found Medicare to have been my salvation…..Without it, I’d have been dead, blind and broke… in that order..   long ago. 

    • Anonymous

      it is a lie, 500 billion is not being cut from medicare.

      • Anonymous

        use good sense and read the bill. yes obama needs to cut medicare to force people onto his program..  320 millon people in this country and you follow one man, Obama.. use common sense  because what is good for you is not for others.

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      There is a lot to digest in this but the $500 billion is pretty accurate.

      http://www.hhs.gov/asl/testify/2011/03/t20110330e.html 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll gladly pay the tax penalty to avoid paying the current HealthCare Insurance “penalty.” It’s still less expensive to pay my healthcare out-of-pocket than lining the pockets of some CEO.

  • Lepage keeps Yacking about ” individual” responsibilty, There is nothing “Individual” about Insurance, it is a “collective” by design. Same as Corporations!

    What, Business’s can operate as Collectives and “Government” can’t?

    Ok,  Bozo!  —–If you really want a free for all, Repeal  ALL of the Corporate Charters, and Insurance Licenses————-lets go!

  • Anonymous

    The gov is just trying to get his way again.If he didnt have health care for life at the taxpayer expense you can bet he would be singing a differnt tune.His tax increase will go along with the obama one.with the health care law more jobs will be created in the health care field for experienced people.The gov.and the lawmakers will be hard pressed to create jobs for friends and relatives in that climate.   

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who thinks the IRS & Obama are not capable of such tactics is naive.  Obamacare has hidden many distasteful rules & regulations within the bill.  Remember Pelosi saying “You have to pass it to find out what is in it.”  Now if everything is up front & there’s nothing to fear, why would anyone say such a thing?

    • Anonymous

      Pelosi sure gives a good feeling of security………….The hidden rules will soon be exposed and then even the libs will feel the pain.

  • I listened to Maine’s governors’ talk this morning.. several times….he knows well that this era is not the 1700s when the few million  residents of this land lived, or died…ate or starved…. no help ….. . With credit due to the medical and technological advances of the last 100 years,  we can expect to live  decades longer than those early settlers… Costs for this longer life include the  pharmaceuticals , medical knowledge  and competent  physicians along with modern hospitals. All of this takes money Whether the child or family is wealthy and can afford whatever it takes to remain halthy and have their  illnesses cared for, or poor as church mice, each family feels very much the same as the other when the  health and happiness of their  family is at stake. “for the government” to feel that it has no responsibility to look into and afford what it takes to manage   this on going health care dilemma, is a serious mistake.. and those whose  political feelings side with the industry that seems to control what our congress and senate  do, by dint of their close  lobbying associations with those we have elected need take a second  thought about their position.

    • “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it
      more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to
      promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass
      laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but
      to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have
      failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted
      financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is
      “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally
      permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my
      constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their
      main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best
      I can.”
      Barry Goldwater; The Conscience of A Conservative (1960), p. 15

      “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no
      vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of
      justice is no virtue!”

      We missed our big chance.  This is the man who should have been President.

      • Liberal Soup N Crackers

        Agreed.

  • Anonymous

    The real eye -opening shocker is the power given under Obama to the INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act(PPACA or ACA).

    According to a new analysis by the Libertarian oriented CATO INSTITUTE, this Board is completely independent of Congressional oversight after 2012, and their ‘edicts’ become law without Congressional approval, oversight or even subject to a Presidential Veto; nor can citizens challenge IPAB’s edicts in Court. 

    The IPAB’s “unelected members will have effectively unfettered power to impose taxes and ration care for all Americans, whether the government pays their medical bills or not”. 

    It wields power independent of Congress, of the judiciary, and the will of the people!

    It may not be the “GESTAPO”, but it’s pretty damn close!

    • Otis B. Driftwood

       Fact checking does not back up your allegations, in fact you’re not even close, there is oversight by the HHS, congress and the President.  In fact the sky is not falling as you allege.

      • Liberal Soup N Crackers

        The Congress has oversight over Holder as well. We have seen how well that has worked.

      • Anonymous

        The problem is you aren’t a fact checker, nor have you cited one; on the other hand, I’m paraphrasing a major analysis done by Diane Cohen, senior attorney at the Goldwater Institute and lead counsel in Coons v. geithner, one lawsuit challenging the Constitutionality of IPB. Mike Cannon is the direcor of health policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.

        Implying they’re lying or making mistatements only underscores your lack of credibility, and you’ve never even read the analysis .

    • Anonymous

      I guess that’s easy to understand being that the plan was developed by the Heritage Foundation?

      • Liberal Soup N Crackers

        The Heritage Foundation did not develop Obamacare. That is akin to stating that B’rick Obama is a member of the John Birch Society.

    • Anonymous

      Like Obama said just give them a pain pill.

  • pbmann

    You haven’t lost the right to choose.  There will be many different healthcare options out there. 

    Or do you mean the right to choose to have other people pay for your healthcare?

  • Guest

    Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.  Mark 12:17

    Pretty sure Jesus would be against a fight to the death over money.  You can only serve one master.  Is yours Jesus?  Or is it your “rights” with your money?  One thing I know about being a Christian, is that it’s not all about you.  It’s about Him.

  • Anonymous

    How much fun to see LePage and company become completely psychotic over a plan developed by the rightwing’s Heritage Foundation, hypocrites, the entire lot.

  • Anonymous

    This Speech by Mr LePage will be going down in History as the best speech by a US Politician in this decade… He will be remembered as one of the greats..
    Thank you Mr LePage

  • Anonymous

    There is a clause in the bill that states if a hospital takes money from the federal government that the Unions in that hospital will loose its rights to a contract… and that the federal government can come in to lower the expenses by cutting cost in labor… The only thing I found good about it.

  • Anonymous

    Our governor. You can never be sure of what he’ll say. But you can be sure it’ll offend some of the people all of the time.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps it is time for the people to simply Get Over It.

      • Guest

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        • Anonymous

          That actually seems to be more descriptive of the liberal party.

          • Guest

            ””’

          • Anonymous

            Gov. of Maine rocks……………

        • Anonymous

          His mouth is less offensive than the comments here. No argument there. That is pure fact. and a sad fact too.

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean when it comes time to pay the IRS, make the check payable to “The New Gestapo?  

  • I D Durkin

    It all comes down to respect for the system. For a Governor to make such a statement, Mainers should be concerned. Obamacare has gone through the system. Calling the IRS such a thing is juvenile.    

    • Anonymous

      When LePage doesn’t get his way.  He always refers  back to the name calling.  Ever wonder,  what his name is for all us Mainers? Maybe we don’t need to know. 

      • Anonymous

        I doubt he bothers to read the negative names you all call him.  It works both ways.

    • Anonymous

      Obviously you have never had an IRS audit.  Or have been behind in taxes.  There will always be two sides to each situation.  Calling the IRS whatever, is based on our Rights.

      • I D Durkin

        as a governor he does not!

  • Anonymous

    There’s an article on HuffPo about this that already has 11,000 comments…once again Pepe pulls the state’s pants down on a national/international level.

  • Liberal Soup N Crackers

    All you liberal lovers of the IRS …. whodathunkit?

  • This clown has his own tax problems. He doesn’t need to defame a fine organization like the Gestapo.

  • This is an open letter to Governor LePage.  I know he will never read it, but some of his followers might, and if they are not as closed-minded as Governor LePage appears to be, maybe they will give it some thought and pass it along. 

    Governor LePage, if you are so opposed to Obamacare, come up with an alternative instead of making ridiculous and divisive statements.  Here’s an idea, which actually comes from someone else commenting on this article.  Maine has a financial responsibility law with regard to automobile insurance.  Essentially, if you can show that you have the wherewithal to cover your liability equal to that afforded by insurance, you don’t have to have insurance.  Governor LePage, if you or your aides can come up with a plan for medical insurance coverage similar to Maine’s automobile insurance, you could get yourself on the front page for a positive development, not for the customary reasons.

  • Lord Whiteman

       It’s the Republican’s who should be asking Lepage to apologize.  Paul Lepage has been a windfall for the Democrats and comedians ever since Linda pulled him from the trash can.  Paul Lepage is the gaff that just keeps on giving.

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     Holder has done nothing wrong.

    • Anonymous

      correct !!!!

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     In your quest for those who seek usurped power don’t forget to look at the R’s especially the RINO,  who actually are the tea bag brotherhood a union of the lunatic fringe founded and funded by the Koch brothers, whose candidate was aptly labeled by his primary opponents, fostering the attribute that is most commonly sought after by those who want to control his actions, “Etch a Sketch”, Flip Flopney, the say anything candidate with three positions on every issue.

  • Anonymous

    Keep thinking that.

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     Apparently Paul La Pudge received a message from his handlers at the tea baggie brotherhood a union of the lunatic fringe, union bosses the  Koch brothers provided his  script to launch himself to the front page of Fox news.  While making the Great State of Maine the laughing stock of the Country.  Remember this guy is raising our taxes, fees and tolls for the average Mainer, while providing tax breaks,  for those who line his pockets.

  • Anonymous

    There are two nurses and two doctors in my family and Emergency Rooms (ERs) treat LOTS of patients who do not have insurance and who do not have the money to pay the bills. Many people do try to pay what they can, but even that is a little at a time and may last decades or a lifetime. And yes, depending upon the accident, injury, and illness, those bills can quickly amount to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The hospitals “eat” the losses.

    Also, contrary to the propaganda that attempts to lead us to believe that (A) just about everyone who receives some sort of public assistance is a welfare cheat (which is disproven by statistical evidence – but, then, why should facts get in the way of what people want to believe?) and (B) it is mostly those who receive public assistance who use ERs for their medical treatment, there is a huge number who are the working poor and small business people and their employees without health insurance.They can’t afford it.

    Because they don’t have health insurance, people will often wait to go to the ER, suffering with the negative affects of their medical condition, hoping it will improve (sometimes it does). However, when they do seek medical care, most often the progression of their illness has worsened so that they are much sicker, it is more difficult to treat, may contribute to new medical problems, and becomes inordinately more expensive.

    If you don’t properly maintain your house or your automobile, they will deteriorate and will be much more expensive to repair when they break down. Our bodies are no different.

    Every State in the U.S. requires, at a minimum, automobile liability insurance. Every uninsured motorist who is responsible for damage, injury, or death to others’ property or body not only leaves the victim(s) with the debt, but is a direct correlation to increased insurance premiums to everyone else who does have automobile insurance. The same is true of healthcare – insurance rates of insured rise because the costs are passed on to them that are incurred by uninsured and hospitals lose money that nationally is probably in the tens or hundreds of billions, perhaps more.

    So, please consider the following:

    1. In a country like ours, that is supposedly established on such lofty ideals such as “justice for all” and “Christian ethics”, how can we deny healthcare to what is said to be 30,000,000 citizens? According to the 2011 U.S. Census data, this is about 9.6% of the U.S. population. Put another way, on average, one in every ten people that you meet does not have health insurance. Keep in mind that this statistic does not include those who are underinsured – who have some sort of health insurance that is extremely expensive with high deductables that only pays for catastrophic illness and injury.

    2. If automobile insurance can be required by the government to protect the public, why should health insurance and a means to get it be excluded? Private enterprise exists for one purpose – to make money. Generally, public interest only truly matters if profits are affected. Conversely, government’s primary reason for existence, if you believe the principles upon which our nation was founded, is to benefit its people. The concepts of “general welfare” and “public good” of the people permeate our nationhood.

    Putting those principles into practice has been, and continues to be, an evolutionary process from the 18th century to the 21st. There have always been and always will be, differences of opinion about what the practical applications of this moral code should be, but how can healhcare for all Americans not be included?

  • Anonymous

    Governor LaPage you might take a lesson from Mark Twain who once said, “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

  • Anonymous

    The liberals get so infuriated over everything that our governor says, but they are deaf when it comes to one of their own with like comments.

  • Guest

    ….

  • Anonymous

    Emily Cain is a joke at best.

  • I D Durkin

    THE IRS COLLECTS TAXES,  they might employ Jewish People 

    The Gestapo always showed a special interest in denunciations concerning sexual matters, especially cases concerning rassenschande with Jews or between Germans and Polish slave workers; Jews and Catholicism and homosexuality…. And I heard they killed some people.

    The Jewish community should be outraged.  

    • Anonymous

      We all should be outraged. This is making a mockery out of one of the greatest tragedies this world has ever seen. 

  • I D Durkin

    the united states, we the people, there something going wrong with those statements!

    divided “we” will fall. the 1percent could buy everything in this country, change it’s name,
    take your rights away, AND MAKE US ALL THIRD WORLD, BE CAREFUL THIS COUNTRY STARTED AND GREW WITH SLAVES. ARE YOU SUPPORTING THE KINGS OF CORPORATIONS!
    think about it “The United Corporations of America”

    vote – one man (or women), = one vote. let the majority rule. register and vote please

    what lepage is saying is republican propaganda !

    • Anonymous

      oh what a web we weave when people as yourself try to deceive

  • MIchael D. Hurley

    oh my God. Can 2014 come soon enough? This guy is beyond doofus. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh my God. It’s Obamacare. The sky is falling. The sky is falling.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, exactly. We need to avoid Obamacare at all costs, that’s why we need to vote in the guy who designed the template for Obamacare, Romney. 

  • Anonymous

    Governor LePage is correct. Though the Gestapo was a group who controlled the people by violence and intimidation, the IRS is controlling the people by “taxing” them…or penalizing them for not doing what it wants. Americans need to start understanding that what the government is doing is creating an environment where all Americans are dependent on it…the more dependent we are, the more power they have. This is just the beginning and if we do not end the control now it will soon be too late. Our freedom is a stake here…not just a mandated health care program.

    • Anonymous

      No, the gestpo collected and killed. Paying your taxes is no where near that. There is nothing “correct” about that claim. 

  • Patten_Pete

    Good for the Governor and double good because it has now made Drudge!

  • Even LePages right hand man Bruce  Poliquin cant keep LePage from putting his foot in his mouth any longer.

  • and_then

    Mr. LePage?
    Quit your bellyaching, sniveling, whining and blaming of others and DO YOUR JOB!
    You were elected to do a job for which you receive more than ample pay from our tax dollars. You have a place to live, healthcare, police escort and protection and jobs for your family, and still, you aren’t doing a thing to earn your pay. Represent the will of the people of Maine, not your keepers.
    The Affordable Care Act is NOT going to go away. You cannot wish it away by closing your eyes and clicking your heels together, blustering on the radio or even reading from the rote list your keepers give you.
    Get to work implementing the changes needed to benefit all Americans who need healthcare NOW!

  • Anonymous

    Glancing through the comments here I see an unusual number flagged for review or simply removed.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do that with LePage?

  • Anonymous

    “Facism should more appropriately be called coporatism because it is a merger of State and Corporate Power” Benito Mussolini

  • Anonymous

    If anyone has any doubts about what the private health insurance business is about read this:  http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/wellpoint-to-buy-amerigroup-for-4-9-billion/?hp . If they paid billions of dollars for this company, then you better believe they expect to make in the tens or hundreds of billions in premiums and they are looking to Medicaid and Medicare to make that happens. Very disturbing. Private business profiting at both ends…. consumer and taxpayer.

  • Anonymous

    A
    man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude
    and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted,”
    Excuse me, can you help? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour
    ago, but I don’t know where I am.”



    The
    woman below replied, “You are in a hot air balloon hovering
    approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41
    degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west
    longitude.”



    “You
    must be an engineer,” said the balloonist.

”I am,”
    replied the woman. “How did you know?”

”Well,”
    answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically
    correct, but I have no idea what to make of you, and the fact is I am
    still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help so far.

    “

The
    woman below responded, “You must be in management.”

”I
    am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”



    “Well,”
    said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you are
    going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of
    hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and
    you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you
    are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now,
    somehow, it’s my fault!”

  • Anonymous

    Typical Lepage / rightwing rhetoric……full of half-truths, hyperbole, and false equivalences.

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