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  • Anonymous

    Stay tuned for the latest installment of the Lepage/Mayhew shell game, folks.   When it comes to DHHS money, it’s always, “Now you see it.  Now you don’t.”  It’s what happens when there are incompetent nincompoops at the helm.

    • Anonymous

      LePage likes bobbleheads

  • Guest

    There is a crisis… no there isn’t a crisis. There will be a shortfall of 12 million but ….no there isn’t. 

    How many people will be hurt before they can make up their minds. It’s becoming too much like the story of the boy who cried wolf too many times.

    • StillRelaxin

      Rep. Peggy Rotundo said, “We’ve seen a pattern from the LePage administration and Republicans that starts with a crisis that doesn’t materialize in order to justify cuts to health care for seniors and people with disabilities.” I’m not sure what’s scarier, the fact that they think they can get away with treating us like idiots or that there really are people out here who don’t see that they’re being played. 

      • Guest

        ….

        • Anonymous

          The old, “Fool me once,” works here.  Of course for this (mis)administration’s cheering squad, the maxim needs to be amended to, “Fool me a thousand times,etc.”

          • Guest

            ……..

      • Anonymous

        Another scary part to this situation.  We never see people busted for cheating this system. In a sense we are all being played by the abusers of the system.  

        • StillRelaxin

          We did see one get caught. Mr. Nutting. The GOP/Tea Party of Maine then elected him Speaker of the House. Guess that’s how conservatives “Bust” wealthy people who commit large scale fraud/theft from such programs. 

          • Anonymous

            This is about all political parties.  None are exempt.  we need to fix the system that allows the ones who scam the system and take from those in need.  drug dealer as example, who fathers a child. the child is born and in the system.  all medical and food stamps etc. rent etc.  This is the problem.

  • Anonymous

    Could it be that Lord lePage was (gasp) wrong, or maybe just lying again. Probably all those corrupt State workers fooled him.

    • Anonymous

      No he is telling the facts something Liberals have no clue on what facts are.  They have been using sleazy scare tactics, misinformation etc. that the public has been brainwashed into supporting their agenda. Well folks are finding out the lies that Democrats have gotten away with and also now finding out the huge damage the Dems have caused our state.

      • Anonymous

        Fact:  DHS is in the red!  Starve the beast?
        Fact:  Guess what? We “found” some money.  Too bad the beast is dead.  Long live the beast.

      • Anonymous

        Please DC, I’ve asked you not to reply to my posts and I won’t reply to yours. I try to read yours, but all I see is “blah, blah, blah” everytime.

  • Anonymous

    DHHS cuts are hurting many people.  Unfortunately, the rest of us are going to have to pay more for medical costs for those who have no coverage because the medical field has an oath to honor and serve those who have no insurance.  Am I the only one who has a problem with this situation?  When we can get federal or state support for people struggling with taxes we have already paid, why do we have to pay again?  

    • kcjonez

      One of the many reasons why universal single payer or medicare for all is the only logical solution to our health care situation.  

      • Anonymous

        Right on again!!!!!

  • Yet no where in this entire pile of moosepoop does anyone make any statement about the supposed cause of these problems in the Medicaid budget, that being the lack of communication between Maine’s DHHS and the Fed’s system. Mayhew made all kinds of dire predictions about what this lackk of coordination and communication would cause to Mainer’s yet here, with the number’s in and available, suddenly this problem is seemingly ‘fixed’ since it’s not entioned. Maybe Mayhew ought to be the State Treasurer if she can make these financial problems vanish so easily. The Penguin hasn’t been doing so hot.

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean that the gang that can’t shoot straight finally hit a target?  Or is it more smoke and mirrors?

  • Anonymous

    They are taking 80$ back from everyone who gets food stamps now.Last summer,they gave everyone an extra 80$ to help with the rising cost of living.Today? Everyone gets a letter saying that everyone has to pay 80$ back…WTF????

    • Anonymous

       I know a friend of mine got the same letter today in the mail.  It was DHHS’s fault it appears but they are going after the recipients to pay it back..

    • Anonymous

      you should be thankful your getting any to begin with, try buying all of your groceries and not being eligible for any assistance.  I dont know ur situation but I do know that the cost of groceries keep going up and most people in this state are livng from paycheck to paycheck and sometimes that isnt enough to get groceries!!

      • Anonymous

         Wait until prices skyrocket in the next few months due to the drought.Oh wait-according to R junk science there’s no global warming.Buy your Doritos now,folks.

    • Anonymous

      try getting 80 dollars taken out of your paycheck to pay for this bs.

    • Anonymous

      Have some squirrel on a stick. 

  • Anonymous

    well the problem with the system is that too many have been on it for years, supposed to be temporary and it is being abused everyday.  Some of the people that have mainecare go to the doctors for every ache and pain and that is abuse,  if someone has to pay for insurance they dont run to the doctors everyday.

    • Anonymous

      A real problem with your argument is that many people avoid preventative care with or without insurance now because of the cost. Either the deductable is too high for the ache and pain or they just don’t have insurance and would have to pay out of pocket. Not everyone, even under the ACA, will qualify for Medicaid. So they don’t go to get that mole looked at and end up with metasticized cancer. So which is worse? A few hypochondriachs that the nurse probably shuffles away after four or five times at the ER or a guy making $400 per week avoiding having a doctor check on his hacking cough because his employer doesn’t provide that benefit? 

      • Anonymous

        Where was it ever written that an employer had any obligation to pay for health benefits for anyone? As an employee, you sell your time to the employer for whatever wage it is you agree to go to work for. It’s that simple.
        Paid vacations, holidays, sick days and insurances are all optional, or should be to the employer.

        Don’t like what you are getting paid? Don’t like the benefits? Get a different job.

        Just speaking from my own experience both as an employee and an employer.

        • Anonymous

          Easy to say my friend, easy to say.  Let’s hope and pray that none of the folks you love and care for end up dying for a lack of healthcare.  Many of your neighbors are dying my friend for a lack of care.  Take a look around.

        • Anonymous

          Easy as that, eh?  Unfortunately, there are such things as labor laws (damn those unions!).  Don’t like it?  Try hiring some illegal immigrants and when you’ve used them up, you can join the “Immigrants are welfare leeches” crowd. 
          “Paid vacations, holidays, sick days…” are all optional or should be to the employer.”   Our illustrious governor, no doubt, agrees with you all the way (while he enjoys those very benefits himself) because he, who promised to put “people before politics” would now like to destroy the minimum wage laws and put “training wages” in their place.  Want to work for peanuts with no benefits whatsover?  Keep cheering LePew on.

        • Guest

          No one should have access to health care or live a good life either right? Just put your nose to the grindstone and deal with it. Get a different job because there are so many to choose from. Workers are being held hostage as it is.

        • Anonymous

          A  few employers pay people on part-time work. The healthcare is not offered. The apply for medicaid. Medicaid enrollment went up.

      • Anonymous

        Right on!!!!!  Universal healthcare NOW!

      • Seamus, thank’s. You, more than anyone posting here besides George below, has made the inevitable case for Public Option, aka, Universal Healthcare coming into effect. I was beginning to get that ‘only bird on the tree branch’ feeling !

    • Anonymous

      Deut. 15:7. If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

      • Anonymous

         ooooh now I understand.  The Government is just fulfilling a Biblical mandate!  Just “making sure we’re all right with God” and taking care of the poor.  Are you SERIOUS?  I fail to see where it says “Give all your money to your government who will claim to create programs to care for the poor, not so they will better themselves, but so they will be happy in their poorness and be stuck their for generations.”

    • Anonymous

      Repubs love to pull so-called-facts from the Repub Book of Daydreams!  How many cases of abuse go on every day?  Maybe we sould get someone in office that can address that.  If you know of welfare abust cases, report them, don’t complain.  Like the ’60s saying goes…”If you arn’t part of the solution. you’re part of the problem.” Don’t throw innocent, needy people off Mainecare in the hopes of getting 1 offender.

  • Timberyarder

    just spent the last 2 days at EMMC watching my best friend die of stage 4 lung cancer, when his devestated wife got home she checked the mail only to find a letter from DHHS stateing  that her husband had returned to work and would no longer be getting food stamps or any health benifits, this man has worked 6 days a week from the time he was 15 years old never asking for help until the tumors got so painful he could no longer work, what kind of idiots are running this state?

    • Anonymous

      First, my sympathies on the loss of your friend, Timberyarder.  He sounds so much like what I know about my fellow Mainers-they struggle, they don’t complain, they give 110% to their jobs, and they have pride. 
      And then this LePew administration kicks him when he’s down.  Please tell his wife to write “Deceased” on all the correspondence addressed to your friend, send it back, then work on taking care of herself.  I am approaching my 5th year as a lung cancer survivor and haven’t had to rely on this broken system yet.  When I wonder why my life has been spared (so far), I remind myself that it is to call attention to what the Tea Party is doing to this state and this country.

      • Timberyarder

        Thank you for your kind words,he was one good human being, do anything for anybody and never ask for anything. right now his wife is devestated, they were together for 37 years, she doesan’t even want to deal with those fools a DHHS right now. Im glad you beat lung cancer, wish you many more years of health. I miss the old MAINE, people helping people, didn’t seem that the government was so evil back then, lepage is a disgrace, supposedly grew up on the streets being homeless, now hurting the elderly and poor, while giveing his daughter a nice high paying job,its a sad situation.

    • Anonymous

      Right on top of things aren’t they??  My father died of cancer in 1972 and every now and then we still get something from the state demanding that he respond……I finally sent in a copy of his death certificate and then they called my mother’s home with questions…..SERIOUSLY????

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure your mother has better things to do than to answer questions from that far back,TLMMSW.  Maybe this trick would help:  when a family member of mine was taking care of an alzheimers parent 24/7 and got bothered by calls asking for her, I told him to hand her the ‘phone and go about his business until they caught on.  If DHHS still calls your Mom about things involving your Dad, tell her to advise them to hang on while she looks for him.  Maybe much later, she’ll go back to a dial tone, indicating they got tired of waiting…just as she must get tired of doing their jobs for them.  

      • Timberyarder

        DHHS is messed up, helping my friends wife, he was to ill, we went to DHHS AT 8:00 am, the person sitting at the desk told us they don’t start signing people up until 9:00, so for 45 minutes we sat there watching this person getting paid for 45 minutes to do absolutely nothing, then she never got to see her case worker, guess you get a different one on every peice of paper you get from them, she finally got to talk to someone who knew nothing about her husbands case. ive seen blind people more organized, (no disrespect to any one thats blind), very sad.

        • Anonymous

          I’m sorry for your loss Timberyarder…

          • Timberyarder

            Thank you, my friend was a good hardworking man, gave 110%, worked hard for his family, 51 years old is too young, he was hopeing to beat cancer even starting to show improvement, overnight he went down hill, 5 days later he lost his battle, sad

    • Anonymous

      I am sorry for all who cared about this person.Peace,prayers,hope and strength your way.

      • Timberyarder

        Thank you very much for you kind words

        • Anonymous

           YVW.May time help you and yours.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately you and your friend were/are subjected to pencil pushers who are always looking at the sacred bottom line and their confounding ‘income guidelines’.

      They’re clerks – not social workers and not even professionals with a working medical background of any kind. They see what’s on a screen in front of them.

      I have the same complaint with regard to insurance  companes arguing with patients and/or care givers about what tests they are going to allow or what prescription they will cover when they don’t know what they are talking about.

      When a person is sick, who wants to deal that BS?  No one.

      • Timberyarder

        Thank you.  I agree with you 100%, hard enough to loose someone then haveing to deal with people who are so unorganized its a wonder they can find there way to where they work.

      • Anonymous

         That is EXACTLY what the ins cos. do it.Read Wendell Potter’s “Deadly Spin”

    • Anonymous

      I replied to this earlier but BDN in all it’s wisdom decided to totally censor my comment.  It’s not even listed as having been there.  Perhaps this one will past muster.  In essence I was trying to say that the situation described by Timberyarder is exactly what the GOP doctrine for America is.  Work a person paying wages of slavery until they get old and ill, then set up a healthcare environment where they die soon so they will not encumber the profits of business.

  • but arent they still like 300 million behind in payments to maine hospital for services already rendered?

  • Anonymous

    Cut the welfare down to the bare bones minimum, hunger will drive the able bodied to get employment and provide for their own and live within their means.

    • Anonymous

      And the not-so-able-bodied can, as our kind governor likes to say, “Kiss my butt.”  Yep, sure sounds like progress to me…the kind of progress reminiscent of the Dark Ages.  “More porridge, sir?”

      • Anonymous

         Thanks to fat rich Newt Gingrich,heartlessness is alive,well and celebrated.SAD.

    • Anonymous

      Jeremiah. 22:16 “Did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; then it was well. Is that not what it means to know Me?” declares the LORD.

      • Anonymous

        I’m digging the quotes JasonWeb.  Keep em coming.

    • Anonymous

      Hunger will drive people to die also.

    • Anonymous

      You’re a genius AND a philospher! The perfect prescription for recipients who are elderly, sick, and disabled. Why didn’t the rest of us ever think of that? Wow!

    • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      Are you hiring there up in northernmaine? Where can I send my resume?

    • Timberyarder

      If your in northern Maine do you see many jobs, I don’t, im in the north woods 7 days a week cutting wood,watching the logging industry go to hell, all our sawmills gone to canada, sardine factorys, gone  shoe factorys, gone  textile plants ,gone  manufacturing, gone. very few jobs, I feel sorry for young people looking for work,there is none, can’t imagine what its going to be like here in 50 years, yes some people do abuse the system but alot of elderly and disabled and sick people need help, don’t know where the moneys going to come from, would be nice if the rich would help, but there to busy enjoying life to care about the poor

  • Anonymous

    ““MaineCare is such a large program that a $12.5 million shortfall at the end of the year equates to less than one percentage point of the budget,” he said.”
    _________________________________________________________

    I find that fact alone to be horrifying.

  • Guest

    So it’s such a difficult job when the R’s have it, but we scored the D’s. Does this article mean she didn’t know these monies were coming? What kind of managing is this? “Hey, look, we got a check from the drug companies!” Or, she knew they were coming and ignored it earlier so she could make it seem like a dire emergency. There’s a pattern here, folks, and it’s getting to be disingenuous. Chicken Little’s alive and well.

  • Anonymous

    I mean I get lots of money taking out of my paycheck in Taxes. No food stampies, me workie.

    • Anonymous

      Just gotta’ love it.  Two teapublicans trying to communicate with each other and they can’t even get on the same page.  English, anyone?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like it’s already ‘lined up’ to the ‘expected amount’ closely – regardless of the legislatures ‘work’.

    It is what it is, computer glitches and all.

    So, it’ll be interesting to see if LePage makes good on his pledge to go to jail rather than forego
    planned cuts to the MaineCare/Medicaid program

  • Anonymous

    DHHS maybe  should pay attention to employees who are telling them,showing proof,then admitting that they are being SWINDLED  by a certain faction whom are in this country under false pretenses.  This involves a LOT of money folks!

  • Anonymous

    This is like watching a roulette ball.Where will it land?$12.5M?$30M?Up?Down? Overpayments?Program cuts?Who wins this week?Who loses?Nobody knows.

  • Anonymous

    You’ll need a permit for that.

  • Anonymous

    wait for the audit, there will be a new number . don’t waste your time on it now.

  • Anonymous

    It isn’t “LEPAGEVILLE” either where a governor of a State can round up American citizens and deport them to a foreign country.   Your post is so stunningly obtuse that you must actually support the other party and are attempting to convince us our Governor’s supporters have gone completely off the rails.  Well done!

  • Guest

    This isn’t darkcat city either. You are the most abrasive unhappy person full of hate that has ever posted here and there have been some nasty ones.
    You take the cake. You are a lousy human being.

    • Anonymous

      Oh that is a human being spewing that rubbish?  And all this time, I thought it was one of the DHHS computers gone amok again.  Silly me.

  • Guest

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    • Timberyarder

      Don’t feel bad about being on mainecare, you can’t help when your body fails or wears out, this system was put in place to help.  yes, alot of people are upset about having money taken out of ther checks to help pay, they wealthy sure aren’t going to help or pay, I pay hundreds every month,its something we all have to do, when we are unable to work the next generation will pay for us, people should be damn thankful there health is good enough that they can work, I go to work every day wearing my body out in the northwoods, its the job Iv’e been doing my whole life.if I don’t die in the woods i’d like to think theres a plan like mainecare to help me survive should I become unable to work or get health problems, 

      • Guest

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  • Timberyarder

    He’s an evil man ,hope he has some major health problems so he can see what its like to suffer, im sure he has the best insurance possible, I grew up poor but my father always taught me to respect people,especially the elderly, guess he never learned that

    • Anonymous

       He certainly doesn’t look healthy.And you and I(taxpayers)are paying for his gold standard health care.

    • Anonymous

      you guys are ridiculous! Wishing health issues on people?

    • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    Democrats or should I say the Socialist party and it’s leader, OBAMA always twist the truth and love to complain when a Republican is in office. 

  • Timberyarder

    your right OUTINTHEPUCKERBRUSH I shouldn’t be wishing health issues on anyone, I just would like to see Mr Lepage realize were all humans, we all grow old, some can go many years without health problems, and some have so many of there days  filled with pain and suffering, some of them people have a very low income and have to choose between food or lower cost medical care, takeing that low cost care away is wrong.

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