Comments for: Why we should all care about MaineCare

Posted Aug. 21, 2012, at 3:56 p.m.

Perhaps you are among the fortunate Mainers with health insurance, either through your employment, the Veterans Benefits Administration or Medicare. Even if you are insured, the debate about who will and will not be covered by MaineCare — Maine’s Medicaid program — will affect you. The proposed elimination of MaineCare …

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  • Jim LaPierre

    Beautifully said and reasonably presented. I couldn’t agree more – penny wise and pound foolish. 

  • Anonymous

    Hey why not, I pay for all my own expenses, health care or otherwise. I might as well go into the poor house and pay for everyone elses to. Those of us who have chosen to be productive members of society should be punished for working, it’s the new American way.

    •  That is kind of the point here. Pay now, which you already have been, or pay later as an increase in your premiums. Oh and the Governor got rid of those pesky regulations to insurance companies. They no longer need to go through a review process to raise rates, so how do you think these honest, hard working, insurance companies are going to deal with all these unfunded ER visits? My guess: if they see a 10% increase from hospitals, they will get a 50% increase from those buying their coverage. After all its profits not people that matter, so says the Republican mantra.

      The working poor are already punished for working. That is why we have this problem. Minimum wage jobs don’t offer health care, and don’t leave the money for people to buy it on their own.

    • Anonymous

      That, of course, is the typical Tea Party perspective: never mind the big picture, just focus on what’s good for me. Except that the big picture will show that what’s good for all Americans is good for “me” too.  Uninsured healthcare consumers are a huge economic drain and by far most either do or would work if given the opportunity. It is far less costly to subsidize their medical insurance than to have service providers and insurers jack up their rates to cover the costs involved. 

      • Anonymous

        Who said I was in the tea party? I’m just fed up with idea that my family has to suffer and pay for those that never had the will or desire to make something of themselves. I see it every day, maybe  you don’t. The worst part is the riff-raff in this country is outbreeding the ones that are paying for it all by a large percentage.

  • Anonymous

    As of 2006, the taxpayers pay Barbara Shaw $91,401 per year, including benefits. Her salary alone puts her in the top quintile of Maine families. Those without a cushy hack job care about the burdensome expense of government.

  • Anonymous

    Who will pay for MaineCare?

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