October 18, 2017
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Attorney General William Schneider’s determination that CanaRx, a Canadian firm that distributes prescription medications by mail, cannot be licensed in Maine imperils more than $3 million in annual savings budgeted for the state employees’ health plan. The decision affects approximately 1,200… Read More
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  • Jake_OO7

    Once again, the Lepage regime and state republicans hurt Mainers.   Send message, don’t vote for Garrett Mason!

  • Anonymous

    Nope, no one in the Lepage administration will look out for the citizens of this state. I will never vote for a Republican again.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think this should be blamed on the Govenor but on all the lawyers who have to earn a high price living.

      • Anonymous

         No sunny/cloudy, it’s on his watch, it’s LePage’s fault.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Liberals we all in favor of having government mandate what we can’t or must buy. 

      • Anonymous

        See how wrong you have been all your life?

    • Anonymous

      Please look at the person’s  conduct (like Lepage) instead of the party…There are good Republicans and Democrats as well as bad Republicans and Democrats…(By the way, I’m an independent). So vote for the person who you feel holds the same values as you do…

      • An Independent that espouses moderation and common sense here in Maine ? Sanity is returning, thank God. One just hopes that it returns in sufficient number’s before November.

    • Anonymous

      Why not, look at your great Gov, look at all the great things his has done for Maine

      • fourCatssoon

         You forgot that LePage is rated as the “Worst” Governor ever elected in Maine history.

         

    • Anonymous

      Why does this even matter, Obamacare will take over soon and this will not even matter!

    • Anonymous

      You are wise, Grasshopper. 

  • Anonymous

    ……..”The Maine Merchants Association, writing on behalf of the Community Pharmacy Group, registered its concerns about the MaineMeds program in a May 30 letter to the Board of Pharmacy and its president, Joseph Bruno, the CEO of Community Pharmacies.”………

    Joe Bruno is “concerned” about the program that has been obtaining meds from Canada, and helping a lot of people.   But we have heard about Joe Bruno before:

    An investigation by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has determined that the state paid millions of dollars to organizations associated with the following officials:

    …….”House Minority Leader Rep. Joseph Bruno, R-Raymond: $35.6 million to Goold Health Systems, where he was president and chief executive officer, and $49 million to Community Pharmacies, where he was a board member of the controlling group”………All of this while he was a sitting member of the Maine legislature!

    Guess Mr Bruno only gets upset when the money is NOT FLOWING to him!
    Why should any of us care what that sob thinks about this situation?

    • Anonymous

      Joe Bruno apparently does not understand the term “conflict of interest”. It was unethical for him to even vote on this issue much less advocate for either side. So what was the governor’s statement regarding corruption on the state level again?

      • Anonymous

        Conflict only occurs to some people when they think their interests are no more important than the public interest. Generally they have no such quandry; public interest be damned. But, to be fair, if certification for CanaRx is missing, it ought be awarded in absence of evidence that standards of safety are compromised. Given that, a real people’s legislature would pass legislation allowing the competition – right? Maybe we ought try to elect one this time around.

    • Anonymous

       I’m not sticking up for Mr. Bruno specifically, but his point here is legitimate… Why do some pharmacies have to obey the laws of the state of Maine, but others don’t?  It could have been a letter from Rite-Aid, or Hannaford, or Walgreens, or whomever, but the issue is legitimate.  Either everyone follows the laws, no one follows the laws, or the laws should be changed.

      • Anonymous

         Look, I don’t care who it is in Maine. If Canadians can get us the meds cheaper, then buy Canadian. Same  with everything else in life.

        Maine pharmacists make 6 figures the day they go to work. I’m guessing Canadians make a bit less. We shouldn’t suffer because of the inequities in our system.

        • Anonymous

          National Healthcare apparently works better than some would have us believe.

    • Anonymous

      good old Maine again stick it to the old people

    • For more see this article by Naomi Schalit and John Christie from which the above is taken is Records fail to disclose $235 million in state work given to officials’ private interests.

  • It seems to me there are a few pharmacists in the Maine Legislature that make several hundred thousand dollars from MaineCare and from State Employees

    • Anonymous

       Right.  And if I knew how, I’d do the research right this minute to get to the bottom of this.
      It’s something the public should know.

  • It is my opinion most of the Pharmacists in the legislature are corrupt.

  • Anonymous

    Another fine example of tea party parrot Republican politicians putting “People Before Politics”. Probably more like a secret admirer of LePage’s who owns a pharmacy sent sent the Big guy one of those faxes. November 6th is coming soon and we have to put an end to this tea party Republican insanity.

    • Anonymous

      Bingo!  But we are not supposed to be smart enough to see what is behind this, 4mermainer, and you are right.  November 6th is coming soon.  I think the LePew administration knows what’s coming, too, so they’re going to try to ram through every thing they can.  Mainers, beware!

      • Anonymous

        AMEN AMEN

    • Anonymous

      only if people vote

    • Check out the People Before Politics page on Gov. LePage’s website. Pretty funny. The Prosperity for Maine page is just like it.

  • Anonymous

    Another attack on public service workers.  They flat funded the Employee Health Program so we had to look for alternative practices.   Now because of Bruno and his Republican Allies they want all the money in their pocket.

  • Anonymous

    As soon as the ag and the reps. figures out how to get their  kickbacks from this program they will get it up and running again.So the little people suffer again while the heavy thinkers step on the backs of the little people to get ahead.Please get out and vote in november the people need a change. 

  • Anonymous

    Anything to preserve the US pharmaceutical industry’s stranglehold on retail pricing. It is the system that is sick.

    • Anonymous

      But could be fixed by legislature if they weren’t bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical companies.

      • Anonymous

         Excellent, oldboy3. 

  • Old Bear

    Thats like going to the store and buying a gallon of milk for $3.99  or drive up the road a minute and pay $3.29. All this is greed on the state part. Money means everything to the state. AG office needs to find a life.

    • Anonymous

      Ag’s office needs to find a real AG.

      • Old Bear

        Well Said

  • Anonymous

    Now this should call for a one day special session in my opinion. 

  • Anonymous

    So why isn’t the republican legislature and governor fixing problems? Instead they’re busy causing other problems like filing frivolous lawsuits and depriving the poor, elderly, and disabled of medical care.

    • Anonymous

       umm, because they’re not in session.  Sounds like it will be taken up in January when they convene.

      • Anonymous

        Only if the dems. win the majority.

      • Anonymous

        Not if Nutting wins election.

    • Anonymous

      Not your Republican Legislature and your great Republican Governor, they would not do again thing to hurt the people of Maine, oh yes I have a bridge for sale.

      • Anonymous

        Never vote for a Republican again, NEVER !

    • Maybe the $751,000 the pharmaceutical industry spent helping elect LePage in 2010 has something to do with it.

      Contributions made by PhARMA, the industry trade association, to Speaker Bob Nutting’s PAC may also play a role, as well as contributions by PhARMA to the House Republican Majority Fund PAC.

      But that would be pure speculation on my part.

      • Documentation in the public record is never speculation. It’s called a factual connection and one that Nutting and the House GOP isin’t going to go anywhere near challanging. To do so, even with Schneider as AG, is to invite more than a little public questioning. It’s also another reason for the need for transparency in campaign financing.

      • Anonymous

        Can someone please explain why pharmacists are necessary? I can understand why if they mix the drugs themselves. But don’t they just take pills from the manufacturer and put them in a labelled bottle on instruction from a doctor? Why can’t we just get rid of the middleman and have physicians fill presciptions?

        • Anonymous

          Bravo! Wish I thought of it.

        • While certainly most pharmacists do not actually mix medications anymore (think of Mr. Gower in the film It’s a Wonderful Life), there are still reasons why the State would want to keep them:

          The provide a control point for certain medications that could otherwise be abused and/or sold on the black market;

          The provide a check to make sure that all the medications a person takes are compatible.

      • Anonymous

        They sure did since it wasn’t a problem until the stae employee plan started doing it and it was costing phARMA money.

      • Anonymous

        Speculation, nothing. It’s a brilliant hypothesis! Somebody on this side of the border must be making big bucks out of the AG’s decision or they wouldn’t have pushed for it. 

        • There was more than a bit of snarkiness to my “speculation” comment.

      • Anonymous

        Too bad they wouldn’t pay off Nutting’s money he stole from the government.

      • Anonymous

        To look at it another way: who benefits from this? Big Pharma! 

    • Personally I think that they are trying but there are many problems and it takes time to fix such a big mess.  I’m much more satisfied that things are starting to change rather than let things slide like democrats are inclined to do.

      • Anonymous

        Your argument is B.S.  If the Democrats were inclined to let things slide this pharmacy program would have been a pipe dream, instead the Dems set-up the program to lower the tax burden on Mainers.

  • Anonymous

    Lobbyist 1 citizens of Maine 0. Big money has an overpowering influence with this administration.

  • NO wonder people are turning to alcohol and street drugs. We do not all work for the state and things are even worse for some.  Escape from reality is the only medication some people can afford thanks to the effective drug wars waged by these pharmaceutical succubus owners and politician’s on behalf of Lawyers and law enforcement profiteers. Wait until for profit prisons are up and running. 

  • Anonymous

    My best chance for savings is in two years, when LePage and his cronies are gone,  I will be able to cut back on my anxiety meds!

    • Anonymous

      Not in Maine

      • fourCatssoon

         You forgot that LePage is rated as the “Worst” Governor ever elected in Maine history.

         

  • Anonymous

    It’s  really tragic that Bill Schneider has turned out to be just another opportunistic Republican:  He goes out of his way to sue the federal government to overthrow the Affordable Care Act, a law that will provide affordable health insurance to tens of thousands of Mainers; then he sues the federal government to force them to allow LePage & Co. to deprive tens of thousands of Mainers of health care.

    And now this.

    Apparently, “government regulation” is bad only when it harms Big Business.  When it crushes individuals and small business, it’s just fine.

  • Anonymous

    Big Pharm strikes again.

  • Anonymous

    This really stinks. I know someone who was receiving their prescriptions through a Canadian Pharmacy at a really reduced cost. Now? They simply won’t be getting the medicine anymore. Very sad.

  • Anonymous

    Well, here we go again.  A LeBUFFOON STOOGE along with LeBUFFOON and EVERY SINGLE ROTTEN RIGHT WING CORRUPT CORPORATE TOADIE TEAPUBLICAN in government doing as much as they possibly can to DESTROY THE MIDDLE CLASS.  These rotten horrid right wing things have one and only one  idea  constantly at the very forefront of their greedy corrupt heads:  “How else can we steal from the poor and the middle class and help the rich and the big money corporations?”  That is ALL.  That is IT.  It is rotten and horrid.  And come November we can do something about it.  We can go into that voting booth and RID our legislature of these rotten corrupt corporate toadies and vote against anyone with an R anywhere near his or her name. 

    • Anonymous

      I think those you speak about studied political science in places like Haiti…..

  • Anonymous

    This is the most BassAckward state there is….let’s cut Mainecare now let’s get rid of a way for Maine people to obtain cheaper medications…..does anyone REALLY believe LePage and his cronies care about the poor, vulnerable and elderly of this state?  Yeah me either.  What a joke. 

    • Anonymous

      Maine I think you should vote  your gov in again

      • fourCatssoon

         You forgot that LePage is rated as the “Worst” Governor ever elected in Maine history.

  • Anonymous

    You have “life” in your username.  Your party says they are “pro life.”  Nope.  They are pro death, if anything.  Pro life?  Yeah, right.  Even before the poor child is born you people could care less about it and its family, let alone after it is born when you brand it “a useless piece of welfare riffraff”.  No help fo the poor mother.  No prenatal care.  No postnatal care.  No Head Start.  No education.  No college loans.  No business loans.  No healthy environment.  A love of the unlimited arming of people with military weapons bought like candy.  A love of endless and expanded wars.  And now on this issue you stand there and attack Baldacci as your TeaPublicanPotty does all it can 24/7 to steal from the poor and middle class and give endlessly to the corporations, in this case the big money drug companies who along with others are corrupt and OWN your corporate pawns in government.  Well, we are going to have something to say about it in November.  Make no mistake about that.  Your TeaPublicanPotty is CORRUPT to the very hilt.  It is also ANTICHRISTIAN and UNPATRIOTIC.  Everything it does would make Jesus, who loved the poor and peace, sick to his very core.  And nothing is more UNPATRIOTIC than dancing for joy every time an American job is offshored and every time a millionaire gets another offshore tax shelter like your CORRUPT EMPTY SUIT FLIPFLOPPING CARDBOARD candidate MittTwit RobMe and his CORRUPT sidekick joke Paulie AYN RAND Ryan.  See you in November.

    • Anonymous

      I guess you didn’t get the memo:  For the GOP, the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

      • Anonymous

        Ain’t that the truth.

        • Anonymous

          So we need get out the vote.

      • Anonymous

        Another kudo to Seekernotsucker

      • Anonymous

        It’s like George Carlin said, Republicans don’t give a rat’s butt about children until they are old enough to go to war.

      • Anonymous

        In Arizona its starts two week BEFORE conception.

        • Anonymous

          In Maine it depends on which party you are affiliated with, for example, if you are a democrat, then don’t worry about it, you do not have a life, I mean what would you do with it except hate and dislike everything.

      • Anonymous

         in Arizona it begins 2 weeks before conception….

        • Anonymous

          isn’t that a mis-conception?

      • For a democrat, it ends when they want it to like just before the baby is born.

    • Anonymous

      Here here!! 

      • Anonymous

         Hear, hear!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Tinserblic!  Dang, that was well said.

    • Anonymous

       wow, get back on your meds.  This rant is way off base for this thread.  And maybe try some anger management classes.  “Judge not, lest ye be judged?”  Sheesh.

      • pbmann

         “Judge not, lest ye be judged?” 

        I guess the pro-life, anti-gay crowd skipped this part of the Bible.

        • Anonymous

          really?  To me it’s  WHOLE republican party

    • Anonymous

      Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. The party of NO doesn’t see any  harm in doing nothing about anything. Their soul mission is to make sure that President Obama does not succeed at anything. Such a shame, there are many smart Republicans, they are being bullied by fear of losing their seat in government. I guess loosing that position is far worse then bringing the whole country down. Which will happen if we don’t get our act together and work  in unity to plug this black hole that we seem to be heading towards.   

      Oh by the way, I like your post.

    • Anonymous

      AMEN!

    • I have adopted a child that you so callously speak of so in this particular case, you are absolutely wrong and the 54 no minds that agree with you are just as wrong for pushing the like button.  What you and those 54 followers have shown is that you are idiots and will say anything to further the liberal agenda.  Facts and circumstances mean nothing to you and the people like you.  I could go on, but this most certainly will be deleted while yours will sit and liberal no minds will push “like”. 

    • Anonymous

      Bravo! Well said. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow, brother take a breath! Man, your going to pass out, and I would hate that as I can tell you are just full of love and brotherhood!

    • Anonymous

      Sicko’s, oops, meant to say democrats.  Every time I think something good is going to happen in this country or State of Maine, along comes a Weirdo, oops, meant to say democrat.  The imbeciles, oops, there I go again, meant to say democrats of our State need to take a long walk towards russia.

  • Anonymous

     Oh, I see.  This is the Lepage administration’s attempt at rectifying something that was illegal.  Perish the thought they’d do anything that wasn’t aboveboard…such as catering to big business.  This is another in a long list of Lepage’s examples of putting politics before people.

    • Anonymous

      Pharmaceuticals gave more than $750 k to LePage’s campaign fund.  I’m sure non of them were in Canada.

      • Anonymous

        I hope so, because accepting campaign donations from foreign nationals is illegal.

        • Anonymous

          Hmmmm. Really? Considering that the US Chamber of Commerce accepted millions of dollars in campaign contributions on behalf of super pacs support REPUBLICAN candidates, you must be ADMITTING that the Republicans will resort to ILLEGAL (and IMMORAL) efforts to win elections.

      • To be exact, the pharmaceutical industry donated at least $751,000 to the RGA Maine 2010 PAC, not directly to the LePage campaign (the limit to gubernatorial candidates at that time was $750 per cycle). RGA is short for Republican Governors Association.

  • Anonymous

    The AG clearly does not look out for the best interests of the citizens of Maine. Isn’t that his job?

    • Anonymous

      It is his job to enforce the law.   If the legislature passes a law  that is not in violation of the state or federal contitution then he has no choice but to enforce it.  

      • Anonymous

        Unless uncle Paulie says different.

    • Anonymous

      Not in Maine

  • Anonymous

    Lets get drugs from Canada like they used to in to 70’s.

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this straight. It’s Ok to send high paying American manufacturing jobs overseas or to NAFTA countries so long as it fits your agenda.

    Oh yeah you certainly care about middle class jobs unless it’s your ox being gored. Haha I’ll never vote Democrat again!!

    • Anonymous

      NAFTA was the brainchild of Reagan in the 80’s. A Republican.

      • Anonymous

        Yes that’s correct although the idea predates Reagan but Clinton quite gleefully signed it and took lots of credit for doing so. 
        I am, however, pointing out the hypocrisy of posters here who are quite willing to throw American pharmaceutical workers (excellent jobs usually) under the bus so they can’t get their meds cheaper.  They are all for free trade when it benefits them.  

  • You gotta love this. 1st the AG decides to bum rush the Fed’s and the Medicare and Medicaid issue by deliberately violating the 90 day application and review rule claiming ‘need’ in front of a Federal Court of Appeals, based on LePage’s politicial, not actual, needs. Then he goes out and decides that the AG’s Office is the sole determining authority as to just who is a veteran, despite the FACT that that determiniation has already been made, and codified, in Federal Law. Now, and most impressively, the AG and a clearly biased State Agency that has a clearly seen financial motive in this case (restraint and interfering with lawful competiton in order to maintain a monopoly), are using their office’s to prevent the State from providing a much needed service, at substantially lower actual cost to the State, from meeting it’s obligation’s. 

    If the AG put this much effort into criminal prosecution’s as he does sticking his nose into issue’s that he has no business in Maine would be a lot safer, and seen as a lot friendlier, for both it’s resident’s, it’s business’s and way more attractive to the business community as a whole. Like it or not Schneider is making the case for an amending of the State Constitution to provide Cause for Removal under Article’s of Impeachment to remove State Constitutionaly elected Official’s for conduct that exceeds the Authority of the Office of Attorney General and also is clearly detrimental to the Office that they were elected to serve in as well as the public’s best interest’s. California did this with Governor Davis when he let ENRON run California’s electric bill up so high that they are still paying it off. For better or worse, NY’s AG got the boot when he couldn’t keep his yoo-hoo in his pant’s and it came out, damaging to the point of impossible, his ability to properly meet the terms of his office for the public’s best interest. And I won’t even go into the number’s of Congressmen and Senator’s in DC that have done real ‘time’ for abusing the public’s trust.

    What is surprisng is that both Party’s, and the State Agency that administers the Program, have all come together and already agreed to a possible solution and have drafted legislation that meet’s all legal, and regulatory, requirement’s. That alone should have been seen by the AG’s Office as a VERY CLEAR SIGN to ‘back off’ and let the situation resolve itself. It also shows that the radical right is now clearly about to lose it’s shirt come November since the concept and benefit’s of moderation are being seen, and practiced. Paulie and Company’s days of threat’s and edict’s from on high are over. It’s too bad that the AG can’t see it. But the public can and is gonna make their public statement real soon…..

    • Anonymous

      don’t you see?  They want to hurry up and screw everything up as quick as they can before the election so they can make it look like it’s all Obama’s fault.

  • Narsbars

    Can we hear from someone that is going to vote Republican? Robert Nutting made a million dollar Mainecare goof, then shut his business and fired his employees. The money? Don’t ask. You can buy insurance from other New England states UNLESS it is Vermont where they are trying single payer health care.
    Speak up Republicans, defend your guys, forgive one more attack on Mainers, are you out there?
    Isn’t there one of you that will say that no matter what they do it is OK if it hurts a state employee?

  • Narsbars

     You must be a Republican. Anything the Republicans do is OK. If LePage wanted your first born, you would say Baldacci didn’t pass a law against it. There are words for people that believe the Republicans will fix anything for people without money. Pollyanna, naive, disingenuous, low information voter, but I must share some of those traits because I would like to think that after enough of this stuff voters like you will open your eyes and toss this corrupt administration out of office.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder how much stock he owns in pharmacy companies . . .

  • Great going. We need to protect profits of US corporations. Which drug company lobbying firm made the pay off of to a corrupt bought politician this time?

     

  • Anonymous

    Profit over People. 

  • Anonymous

    Not enough kickbacks for The Fat Man ???

  • Anonymous

    There is only one place and way to end this insanity and war on Mainers: in the ballot booth in November.  And if anyone tells you voting makes no difference, take a look around and see the slow
    decay of Mainers’ lives.  Oh I forgot, the good is going to trickle down.  The only thing trickling down are the tears of Mainers.

  • Anonymous

    Send more jobs and money out of the country.  It is time for our drug companies to come to the table and start selling their products at a reasonable price.  Spend American.

    • PaulNotBunyan

      Yes, you would think the union members covered by this plan would have been yelling “Buy American” right from the beginning. Not just here but in all states that deal with CanaRx.

      • Anonymous

        don’t you see?  Only Republicans can “go offshore”

        • PaulNotBunyan

           Well these union Democrats don’t object when they’re benefiting from it. I’ve learned that they’re a selfish bunch since I was old enough to work. They are also elitists. The $15/hour union worker doesn’t want a bunch of minimum wage workers forming unions and getting 1.5 times the minimum ($11.25/hour). After all, that would severely impact the buying power of their wages. The concepts I agree with like solidarity and justice for all workers got sidelined years ago in the American labor movement. I would love it if all the “outsiders” would organize unions of their own and go on strike. I don’t think the big established unions would love it so much. But they say we’re all supposed to be brothers and sisters in the labor movement.

          • Narsbars

             You have no idea what you are talking about. You want help forming a Union? You want to be treated better and paid better? Go to any Union office and ask to speak to an organizer.
            The more you make, the better the economy and in turn everyone should do better, but it only works if you organize.
            We union members still believe in solidarity and justice. What happened to you?

          • PaulNotBunyan

            You and I believe that way. I don’t think the majority of union members and leaders are with us. I talked to organizers when I was younger. They were not very encouraging at all. Even back then when we had a robust economy, I was more concerned about better treatment than better pay. I’ve always thought unions could make much better outreach and education efforts if they took that approach. I think they also need to make a huge education effort about alternatives to hourly wage employment that companies will offer. There are so many pitfalls to consider. People get pushed into this who were entirely happy doing a good job as an hourly employee. Federal and state enforcement is lax (and slow). I think strikes and boycotts would be more effective than anything the government will do to correct the situation.

      • Narsbars

         Your ignorance is showing. The drugs being purchased from Canada originate from U.S. companies. Let me make it simple for a Republican. U.S. companies sell the drugs at double or triple or even more to U.S. citizens. The reason it is cheaper is because Canada and many other countries are allowed to negotiate the prices.

        • PaulNotBunyan

          1)You call me ignorant? 2)I’m not a republican. 3)You did not check your facts as to the origin of the drugs. The patent holder isn’t always a U.S. company. The country of manufacture varies. Some of the prescriptions are filled and shipped from countries other than Canada.

  • Anonymous

    With many prescriptions costing around $100.00, if there is no generic for it, how many can people afford? It’s a shame that people that had been on the plan from Canada are now dropped. [One question:  How can Canada make prescriptions so affordable and the US can not?]

  • Anonymous

    This Administration shifted the insurance carrier for state employees and retirees from Anthem to Aetna beginning in July 1 of this year.  Part of the Aetna package was the CanaRx package, which was touted as a savings to both the users and the State.  Why didn’t the AG’s office vet this before the Administration booked the savings and included the program in the packages of the insured.  These guys are seriously inept!

    • Anonymous

      First of all, The Administration did not shift the state employees to Aetna. The Aetna contract was issued after the bid process by the State Employees Health Commission which administers the state plan. CanaRx has nothing to do with Aetna. It is a totally separate program that had the ability to save the state $3.6 million in Rx costs. Aetna still has an Rx benefit for brand name and generic drugs that is available to employees. The voluntary CanaRX program along with changes in the co-insurance and tiering on the hospital is how the SEHC filled the  $22 million gap left by the legistature’s flat-funding in this fiscal year. The blame can be attached to LePage through his Republican legislature and his budget, not through the choices  the Commission had to make to fill that gap. Evidently the state is only flat broke in LePage’s mind when it comes to his special interests.

    • Narsbars

       Because it was a way to further screw State Employees.

  • Anonymous

    big pharma always wins. they grease alot of palms.

    • Anonymous

       Big pharm sells to Candadians too, they just increase the margin another 50% for the freedom-loving Mainers.

  • Anonymous

    There you go Republicans screwing the middle class and poor again. Their 1 % ers could care less if they have to pay more for medication. Time to vote all Republicans out of office.

    • Anonymous

      99% of the republicans are the working class. They are forced to be closet republicans because the dems demonstrate so much hate towards them.. Please don’t try to make this class warfare, OK Obama, I mean Knightcross.

      • Anonymous

         Why not….Karl Rove’s made a living spreading hate and lying to people about democrats. Working class republicans just aren’t educated about the issues that effect them. Whatever is good for the rich must help them too I guess.

        • Anonymous

          Karl Rove should be in jail for life and stripped of all his assets.. Where would we start finding a Democrat to jail? LOL!! 

      • Anonymous

        not hate, just amazement. the republican party consistenty cons them into voting against their own interests. (tax breaks for the rich, subsidies for the oil companies, supports for the insurance and drug companies that screw working folks etc.)  when and how has the republican party ever fought for the working class on economic issues?

        • Anonymous

          Let the Bush tax cut expire, please do so.. I hate them rich people, LOL.. I wish I could be the one with the power to let them end… That would make me very happy..

  • Ben Hutchins

    On the flip side, the state is working hard to bring liquor costs down.  You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Anonymous

    What will happen  the folks affected by all this will start up those bus runs to Canada and buy the meds direct. It happened before and no doubt it will again. The bus ticket will be a lot cheaper then the hike in their drug bill.

  • Davida Willette

    nasty nasty nasty 

  • Anonymous

    Follow the money, right into LePage’s campaign pockets and the rest of the republican establishment. It’s no coincidence that the health bill passed the republican Maine legislature and was signed by The Penguin either. The big hikes in insurance rates for rural Mainers and those with preexisting conditions are also part of the plan for those on the right to take advantage of those of us who are gullible and believe their superpac commercials and somehow support them.

    And they say they’re for bettering our lives.

    Gosh.

  • Anonymous

    The REAL question here is: “Do we really need the Maine Board of Pharmacy?”
    .
    Maybe its time to look around Augusta, grab a shovel and clean out the barn.

  • In 2010 the pharmaceutical industry spent $751,000 helping to elect Paul LePage.

    Who thinks that LePage will veto any bill passed by the next Legislature that would allow CanaRx to continue to help save regular Mainers real money on their medications?

  • and_then

    Out the door in 2-0-1-4!!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Landslide LePage and your Republican ideologues.  An excellent example of the people taking care of government as opposed to government taking care of the people

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see here. There is a law and the AG is following the law.. What a breath of fresh air.. I remember Janet Mills as the AG and  she said it was OK for The George Hale show to get Hollywood Slot advertizing dollars when he was chairman of the Gaming commision and regulated Hollywood Slots… I think having an AG that  follows the law is a breath of fresh air.

    The only way around it is to elect an AG .. This way they are not owned by any political party..

  •  If there wasn’t high prices in Maine to begin with people wouldn’t be going to Canada for their Meds.   Hhheelllloooooooooo?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, governor…What a swell idea….

  • “Did not care”, no. But does it show that the Legislature under Baldacci showed a gross MIA of common sense and reality ? Yes, and that is what is now being addressed. It’s just too bad that so many are gong to be put thru so much nonsense and aggravation before this whole thing winds up right back where it started with just some added paper to show for it. But one can hope that this fix, when done, is going to be done so that this never happens again and can be used as a model for any more discovered ‘problem’s’.

  • Anonymous

    Please! Stand up and cast your vote in November!  I hope you will join me and get rid of all the Tea Party Republicans. The Governor and his Cabinet need to be removed! If we can get enough people to join together we can make this happen!  We need Judges, attornies, teachers, small business owners and other hard working people of Maine to get this started.  I will not vote for one Republican this November!  Members of the House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats, please help us Mainers or you will lose your seats! Enough is enough!

    • Anonymous

      I will never vote for a Republican again, NEVER !

  • Anonymous

    Wait…we’re going to shut down a program that was on track to save $3 million in one year?    And cut somewhere else to make back that money – that we were already on track to save if we had left it alone?

    I can’t wrap my head around this.  No matter how I read it, it just doesn’t make sense.

    • Taking the AG at his word, if CanaRx needs a license, the LePage administration and the GOP controlled Legislature should work quickly to enact a law to allow that.

      But how much has CanaRx cost the profit margins of American pharmaceutical companies?

  • Anonymous

    This policy was implemented this year for state employees not by Baldacci’s Administration. It was not an issue for anyone until the State Employee Health Commission had to find savings in the plan and using this for brand name Rx saved the state $3.6 million dollars. There will be bills submitted in January to fix this, but in the mean time it shows you how much this Governor cares about saving money when it comes to health care.

  • Anonymous

    The AG is a Republican. Republicans claim they want to save us money but they do things that cost us money. Can’t one of the Republican legislators in Augusta sponsor a bill that would grant Maine the authority to license  CanaRx?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but they won’t.

  • Don’t introduce a bill requiring the licensing of pharmacies in other countries. Get rid of the need for licensing for all pharmacies!!!!

  • Anonymous

    That AG has got to go, and quickly, he must have had an offer from O’Sham-a in case the dems win in November.

  • Anonymous

    LePage sticks it to Maine people once again.

    Throw the GOP bums out this November.

    Yessah

  • This may have already been asked, but why didn’t the Attorney General offer to work with them to procure licensing to distribute, if indeed that was the issue?

    Also, why does the administration hate the people who do all the work in Augusta for them?  $3M savings, down the tube.  Sadly, not surprising.

  • Anonymous

    Well there now damn it that should do it, lower the cost of booze, up the cost of medical care and that should kill off thousands of people.
    Stop servicing politicans, don’t sell them gas or food or anything, and that should kill them off too.

  • Anonymous

    I propose a bill whereby we change the name/title from “Election” day to “Purchase a Politician” day.

    No votes required, just vouchers, and the one with the greatest dollar  amount (highest bidder) after the “bank” closes at 8:00pm, wins!  Simple

    Truth in advertising–call it what it is.

    (I approve of this message)

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