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  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure that it’s a bad thing that the Governor has decided to stay out of this issue. It seems much less likely to be screwed up without him meddling.

    • Anonymous

      He should lead, follow or get out of the way.

      As you said, getting out of the way would probably be best.

      • Fannycradock

        Indeed, the lunatics have taken over this asylum, LePage or no LePage.

        • Anonymous

          The JOY of Hate is well expressed here…

          • Anonymous

            No it is a fact that Lepage and his fanatical partners hate us.

          • Tom Brown III

            a fact?

            noun

            1.

            something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.

            2.

            something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.

            3.

            a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.

            4.

            something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable. 5. Law . Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence.

            I think you meant “Inference”

            1.

            a. The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.

            b. The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

          • Anonymous

            bam

          • Anonymous

            That is your opinion. The election proves otherwise. Fact.

          • Anonymous

            its not fact…only in the partisan hate circles you hang out in…and nobody on the right hates anyone…it just looks good to say hate to create some space between you and those who disagree with you….plus, what normal common sense person would want to side with common sense, if common sense was made to look wacky..enter your ideology…

          • Anonymous

            Partisan? Ha, that’s rich just like your one percent buddies.

          • Anonymous

            hmm?? you know Webster TOTALLY fabricated his accusation about “blacks” and voter fraud, right ? What would you call THAT??

          • Anonymous

            Yes Joe, your hatred is palpable

    • Guest

      Given that Obamacare is a stalking horse for single payer (AKA “Medicare for all”) may as well let the feds operate it. That $5.8M in federal assistance would have been quickly eaten up by the costs Maine taxpayers would bear to run the bureaucracy locally. It’s far more efficient to have one federal bureaucracy run it than 50 duplicative bureaucracies overseen by a federal bureaucracy.

      • Anonymous

        LOL….more ‘efficient’ but completely unsustainable when thrown in with the rest of federal unfunded entitlements

        • Anonymous

          Do you know what you are talking about at all? How is setting up an exchange that empowers consumers with pricing information an “entitlement”?

        • Anonymous

          Entitlements? Like Social Security and Medicare into which older Americans have been paying for decades? More like “insurance”, it seems to me!

          And, why give this exchange over to the insurance companies at all? Medicare operates with a 3% administrative cost; certainly much more reasonable than the bloated Corporate Greed salary structures.

          Medicare, Part D (prescription costs) was a giveaway to the insurance companies, as is this insurance exchange, which was thrown into the bill to hold it hostage for R votes.

          It’s not the welfare cheats who are taking your hard-earned money, folks — it’s the 1% cheats and Corporate Greed!

          • Anonymous

            The problem is that the “premiums” that these older Americans have been paying for this “insurance” are only sufficient to cover about 1/3rd of the cost. For every dollar they paid in, they are taking three dollars out. That is why these programs are going broke. They are entitlements because the premiums are way too low and they have always been too low and everybody has known they were too low. We have been talking about the fiscal doom of these programs since the 1980s and nobody since Reagan has made any effort to make them fiscally sustainable.

    • Anonymous

      Let the Governor do as little as possible in his job. The less he exercises his brain, the higher the price we will earn when we sell him back to Marden’s in January 2015.

      • Tyke

        He’s way beyond his expiration date.

      • joetaxpayer

        You can’t be serious… do you think Mardens is THAT stupid?

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t matter if he does anything or not, its a done deal. Doesn’t mean that they won’t try to stop it somehow.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. LePage hates the government, the thing we hired him to run. Why would anyone expect him to run it well?
    “Won’t lift a finger”, should be his administration’s motto.

    • Wendy Cutting

      Unless its to move a mural….

      • Anonymous

        Maye we can put the mural on e-bay and get our 65k back. The 65k then can be used to pay for health care for the poor.

        • Anonymous

          Lame.

    • Anonymous

      If we don’t like it, we can get off our couches and kiss his butt?

    • Anonymous

      Not everyone agrees about what the role of government should be…. that does not mean that those that disagree with your view hate the government.

      • Anonymous

        True….”of ,by and for the people” as in SERVING the people. It’s hard to rewrite that

        BUT since Reagan, a handfull of determined people on the right has been trying to recreate the “purpose of government” to their liking. The peddlers of it are OLD now( Newt ,Norquist etc) Their day is done ,now.

    • Lois Theriault

      I don’t expect much, I don’t even know why he was elected!

    • Anonymous

      Obama should have him drafted and sent to Afghanistan. Might work some of the fat off him while giving him a new perspective on what public service is all about.

    • Anonymous

      “Won’t lift a finger” sounds like how the GOP describes the so-called “moochers.”

    • Anonymous

      I know isn’t it a hoot . All these “NO more government “folks running for government jobs !!!

  • StillRelaxin

    So Mr. LePage is going to let the federal government step in to do all the work for him. Hey, sounds like the best thing he’s done in two years. If he takes a similar attitude toward the new Democratic State House and Senate majorities then we just might survive the next two years. Way to go Paul, now ya thinkin!

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again, remember Paul, it’s how democracy works, the will of the people, and “people before politics”.

    • Anonymous

      This is not about “the will of the people”. The fed set this up with two options, either states do it themselves, or the fed does it for them. Many states are opting for the fed to set up the exchange. Maine does not have the financial or temporal resources to do this.

      • We dont have the money because Lepage sent it back…

      • Anonymous

        temporal resources ??

        That’s a word economy fail. You could have just said “time.”

      • Anonymous

        LePage returned the multi-million dollar grant that was given to our state to implement this. We HAD the money. Maybe we can still get it back.

        • fourCatssoon

          This again clearly explains why Paul (fake Governor) LePage was awarded the rank of the “Worst” Governor in Maine history. He is a Shame to the office. one year and a half and he will be gone and then Maine will be able to start a recovery – Oh, don’t forget – we will need a professional head of the Health Service division and let this unqualified in my opinion back to her former profession of a Fake lobbyist for the Confederation of Internal Presmeration:)

    • Eric Jackson

      Will of the people? This is the bill that Nancy and Harry pushed through before it was written, right? Remember Nancy…”You have to vote for the bill and pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill…” Blah Blah Blah What it sounds like to me is a federally mandated program for the simple minded who cannot comparison shop without a federal bureau to guide them. Hopefully the marketplace aspect will lead to savings for people buying insurance but I’m doubtful that it will work. The rising costs of healthcare are caused by too many factors to see big savings from only one aspect of the cost.

      • Anonymous

        Nancy Pelosi was speaking to the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties, NOT to the House or Senate. That group was trying to debate elements of the bill, yet it had not been finalized. She explained to them that it would be best to wait until the bill had been completely written, since no one yet knew for sure which elements would be present in the final version. Republican leaders took that out of context, pretending that she had told the Senate or House to pass the bill without reading it… a lie.

      • Anonymous

        Huh?You think the average person is able to comparison shop for health insurance?!?!?

      • Anonymous

        this bill was written decades ago by the very conservative Heritage Foundation in conjunction with the insurance industry. you are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with him often, but he is right on this issue.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is now a lame-duck with the mentality of a wounded moose. His bullying attitude, non-existant grasp of history and black-and-white view of the world makes him a useless govenor and we must rely on the legislative branch to block his idiocies until he is replaced.

    • Anonymous

      Replace Lepage with Obama and you have described the last four years of his presidency. I can’t believe this country was foolish enough to vote into office someone who clearly can’t help this country. I voted for Obama in 2008 but was disappointed in his lack of vision and ability to create the much hyped change that he touted in his campaign. Before anyone says “he inherited a mess and it takes a long time to clean up”, I will say that Reagan did it and he created more jobs in the same amount of time and that is when we had a far smaller population. This means that as a percentage Reagan created way more jobs in the same amount of time and he inherited a mess as well. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say we need a leader like Ronald Reagan again, I don’t care if the person is rep. dem., black, white, yellow, or red…..if they can fix this mess of a country I will be all for it.

      • Anonymous

        no one believes a word you say ..especially that you “voted for obama last time “. baloney

        • Sherman2

          More Reagan Mythology! He Raised taxes 11 times, and expanded the federal govt more than any other president, and of course there was Iran/Contra which in today’s world he would have been impeached for!,

          • Anonymous

            more jobs were created under Obama then under Reagan hen These young pups are so easily fooled You would think with the internet and computers now, they’d use those resources to check the facts.

            “This means that as a percentage Reagan created way more jobs in the same amount of time and he inherited a mess as well. ” The important qualifying clause being “as a percentage” “as a percentage” of what?? Bottom line is Obama created MORE jobs then REAGAN ( the right’s hero)

        • Well, the popular vote for Obama was lower this year in Maine (vs 2008) by about 30,000. So it’s not exactly inconceivable.

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t check that out . BUT I did check out the change in the number of REGISTERED Maine voters at the SOS website over( recent) time. D’s UP; R’s down , I’s down .

      • Anonymous

        Hmm… Reagan created bigger government. Where have you been?

      • Anonymous

        When you start two Wars and pay for it on the cuff like George W Bush did, the next president has to figure out how to fix it. Ronald Reagan would not be allowed in the Republican Party today.

  • dee

    he isnt done with mainecare not for one minute

  • Downeasta

    Who knew? More Republican stonewalling.

    • Anonymous

      More R spite, cutting off their nose to spite our faces

    • Anonymous

      We are trying to save this State, and Country.

      • Downeasta

        Had me fooled, looks to me as if Republican Party is racist and really doesnt want a black president. Its ok though. At this rate the repulican party will be seen as the party that can not do anything. Their actions, not my words.

  • Anonymous

    That’s Ok big fella you sit back and do nothing, nothing is what you’re best at, a real nowhere man, with a nowhere plan for nobody.

    • StillRelaxin

      I’m sure John would have gotten a chuckle out of your use of his lyrics to put another starched white shirt his proper place. Thanks for the memory.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like life is getting worse as well, for the bacon eaters.

        • StillRelaxin

          Now lets not start talking about forks and knives. We want peace and harmony even with our abusers. ,>)

          • Anonymous

            Good point, I’m surprised though they allow LePage to use sharp objects. I would have thought he used a spork or fork with a cork on the end of it.

          • StillRelaxin

            Oh please stop! You just caused me to have a horrible thought concerning what would happen if you combined a high fiber diet with the inclusion of an occasional inadvertent cork.

          • Anonymous

            Yikes — what a blast

          • Anonymous

            wow..your humor is riveting…and so topical and fresh……

          • Anonymous

            don’t be such a sore loser … and boring!

          • Anonymous

            “why it the cork on the fork? “

          • Anonymous

            it’s a safety precaution, with all that pent up anger it’s hard to tell where the tines will end up, he could put out an eye if he misses his mouth.

          • Anonymous

            Speaking of knives and forks it comes to mind that the new leadership in Augusta will need to make some drastic cuts to bring the budget in line. I think a really good place to start would be the food and beverage budget at the Blaine House. I think Tea Party Paulie should get to find out what the term “tighten your belt ” really means.

          • Anonymous

            get the come-a-long out that’ll take some serious heaving.

    • Anonymous

      you mean like Obama if you don’t have it you get fined. yea right

      • Anonymous

        No if you don’t have it the govt will help you get it and then IF you refuse it you will get fined.

        • Anonymous

          newest boycott Denny’s for making all employees part time to avoid the affordabale care act . of course they probably weren’t providing health car e to begin with.and were probably encouarging workers to go on the dole instead

          • Anonymous

            These chest thumping Owners are about to discover just how unpopular their directives and views are. They have the right to believe as they wish, but their customers have the right to decide were to spend their dollars. When the reality of the owners views out weights the value of their products it will adversely effect their bottom line, which is truly the only thing they care about or understand. Personally I’m not buying any of what they’re offering. When they lose enough market share that’s when we’ll see them offer their faux apologies.

          • Anonymous

            does your shift start anytime soon?

          • Anonymous

            The almost half of the nation that voted against Obama will support them. They aren’t worried.

          • Anonymous

            Count me in. Also Papa John’s Pizza.

          • Anonymous

            Hats off to WalMart employees for striking on Black Friday!!

          • Anonymous

            only marxists and socalists would appreciate that anti-business sentiment…Im sure you are glad that the Hostess Twinkie unit also decided to let 18K workers fall into unemployment rather than take an 8% pay cut…now they take a 100% paycut…

          • Anonymous

            Bologna. Labor will never be held hostage by companies like Hostess. Good riddance to them I say, just get out of the way. There will be companies waiting in line a mile long to scoop up that market share. They didn’t go bankrupt because of their labor, it was because of their mismanagement.

          • Anonymous

            You say socialist like its a bad thing…

          • Anonymous

            The far Right really got it’s nicker’s in bunch don’t cha? careful throwing around words with “ists” on the end it may cause your brain to reboot.

            I don’t know the story with Hostess and it’s truly a shame folks are being let go. My guess is if they’re struggling there’s a problem with their product, it’s really nasty junk food. I thinking if management really wanted to assess their assets they have everything they need to re brand and make something healthly, but that probably a socialists view isn’t it goose-stepper?

          • Anonymous

            Maybe they get lucky and go the way of Hostess

          • Anonymous

            Same here, Bob..

          • Anonymous

            Never liked Denny’s anyway. Less so now.

          • Anonymous

            their (Dennys) employee benefit packages are among the best in the food service industry.but only someone with a job or just the basic common knowledge of busines would know that…you’ve been given a pass…..

        • Anonymous

          They shouldn’t have that much power to tell us what we have to have. I wish people would actually read that damn bill!

          • Anonymous

            http://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/

            It sounds pretty good to me. What exactly is your problem with it? Government is telling you what to do all the time. Do you drive a car? You are told that you need a license and insurance. Do you drink at a bar? You have to be 21 and prove it. Do you smoke? You have to be 21 (or is it older now) and prove it. Do you travel on interstate public transportation such as a bus or train? You have to show a picture ID. Do you walk in the streets of Bangor or wherever you live? You have to wear clothes. There are thousands of laws that are imposed on us by local, state and federal governments. This is for the benefit of millions of people who cannot afford health insurance. If you happen to be poor and uninsured, there are not many options except the ER and then we all pay for it.

          • Anonymous

            obviously, you have not read this bill (law) in its entirety. People do not want to take the time, and therefor think its a great idea. They have the most absurd stuff hidden in there. You think its good now…you wait, till you get a little older, you will see the devastation that this is going to cause. Will you humor me and just read the bill. Don’t just skim it, actually read it. It is long, but well worth reading.

          • Anonymous

            I will if you promise to tell me what is wrong with it and how it will hurt us. I do know the parts that I really like and all of them relate to the insurance companies screwing us and 30 million people will be covered. When have you ever seen a bill from our illustrious congress that hasn’t had what is perceived by many to have absurd stuff in them? I know this bill is not perfect and those parts can be improved on but as you may have guessed I am a big fan of universal health care and this is a good place to start.

          • Anonymous

            These are just a few examples of what the plan actually does, there are so many more things. He will rob peter to pay paul. he is using social security money, and when that runs out, he has every right to go into your bank accounts and investments and take what he needs. I know it is a 2700 page bill, but you can actually search for just what you want to know in it and find the page numbers. It is shocking to say the least.

            Under Obamacare, patients who are 70 years old or older are to only receive “comfort care” instead of neurosurgery.

            Medicine Cabinet Tax ($5 bil/Jan 2011): Americans no longer able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin). Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957-1,959

            HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike ($1.4 bil/Jan 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,959

            Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax” ($13 bil/Jan 2013): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited). Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,388-2,389

            Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans ($32 bil/Jan 2018): Starting in 2018, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($10,200 single/$27,500 family). Higher threshold ($11,500 single/$29,450 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions. CPI +1 percentage point indexed. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,941-1,956

            The AMT will ensnare over 31 million families, up from 4 million last year. According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families—rising from 4 million last year to 31 million. These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level. The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.

            Charitable Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed. Under current law, a retired person with an IRA can contribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from their IRA. This contribution also counts toward an annual “required minimum distribution.” This ability will no longer be there.

            Lastly, Obamacare can end up being the only game in town (http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/obamacare-poised-to-create-single-payer-system).

            *http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wm_hcr_timelinel.pdf

            **http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Walter_Reed_Army_Medical_Center_scandal

            http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fortune_100_report_5_1_12.pdf

            http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/08/hhss-new-health-guidelines-trample-on-conscience

            http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/11/studies-show-medicaid-patients-have-worse-access-and-outcomes-than-the-privately-insured?rel=Health%20Care

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/walter-reed/

            http://www.vawatchdog.org

            http://www.atr.org/top-five-obama-biden-tax-hikes-a7223

            http://www.heritage.org/research/projects/impact-of-obamacare

            http://www.naturalnews.com/036341_Obamacare_new_taxes_mandate.html

          • Anonymous

            Thanks. I will check it out.

          • Anonymous

            thank you

      • Anonymous

        You would expect someone else to buy your insurance for you?

        • Anonymous

          Not everyone needs insurance. Everyone might need healthcare at some point but not everyone needs insurance.

          • Anonymous

            But when they don’t get insurance those cost get pushed to the rest of us Even Romnety and the conservative heritage center GOT that. Did you know the entity that first PUSHED universal mandated coverage was …. drum roll …..the heritage center !!!!???!!! Do an engine search you will find it and their reasoning in their report from the 90’s … What the heritage Cenetr saia was basically those who don’t get insuranace are freeloaders, who drive the costs up !! Go look it up

          • Anonymous

            That may be true of people that don’t pay. Those could be termed freeloaders. However my statement remains true. There are plenty of people that pay as they go. Lots more than you think.

          • Sherman2

            The point is EVENTUALLY more than just a trip to the Dr. for cough medicine awaits us all, unless of course you die quietly in your sleep from an unknown illness… the way out for the vast majority of us is going to be slow and expensive. think of it like social security, the money you pay as a worker pays someone’s retirement now, and when you retire current workers will be paying for your retirement. The same with healthcare, the money you pay now will help treat some one who is sick now and so on…
            It’s pretty easy to say you don’t need healthcare when you’re feeling great! …but when you need it and not to have paid anything towards it is not fair to those who have to pay for others being selfish and shortsighted.

          • Anonymous

            I repeat. There are plenty of people that pay as they go. Plenty. More well off people…. young healthy people that would rather use their money to build their business.

            What has been encouraged to happen is people have been forced to make a choice between growing their business and paying the fine or paying for insurance.

            Personally if I were young I would pay the tax penalty.. forgo the insurance and use the difference between the two for my business.

            Should I encounter a medical issue I would get a policy. Remember.. that is no problem. No pre-existing conditions remember!!

          • Anonymous

            that’s exactly the problem. Once someone’s going to rack up 150K in med bills, THEN they take advantage of teh system? The very definition of a freeloader.

          • Anonymous

            Obamacare encourages that.

            They now don’t have to pay. There are plenty of peole that would have before…. besides they really aren’t freeloaders…. they pay their tax penalty…. that make em good right? No preconditions!!!

            You get what you ask for.

          • Anonymous

            you have it backwards .

          • Anonymous

            They pay as they go BECAUSE they have no other option .

          • Anonymous

            Most 27 yr olds won’t need to use med insurance in the next yr or two but, what about the 27 yr old who is discovered with a brain tumor and requires 150k in med care or the one who blows out a knee and needs 50k in surgery and rehab, they don’t have this kind of money. The rest of us get this bill, and then they’re likely to get 1/2 the med care they really need and have ongoing problems, we’ll then end up paying those additional costs. It’s the unexpected, catestrophic costs thast sink your boat.

          • Anonymous

            That will happen anyway. Note my response to to sherman2 above.

          • Anonymous

            out of necessity ; not out of desire. Having an option for truly affordable coverage , why would anyone opt out?

            RIGHT now people INVOLUNTARILY opt out , for any number of reasons. 1. their employer doesn’t offer insurance 2 They can’t afford the insurance their employer offers. 3, They aren’t employed 4.They are self employed etc.. It is the UNAFFORDABILITY that is FORCING people to OPT out INVOLUNTARILY and Busineses NOT to offer it .

          • Anonymous

            i think the end game is that everyone pay something for thier healhcare or insurance….and then the system will absorb the rest with minimal ‘cost drive up’….the cost drive up is when eveybody is free……damn…sorry…free market jargon confuses some….my bad….

          • Guest

            nonnnnnnnnnn

          • Anonymous

            The choice is what a young person or a wealthy person is willing to risk. After all that is what insurance is you know. Risk management.

          • The point is that they aren’t just gambling with their money, they are gambling with all of our collective monies. If they gamble and lose, we all pay.

          • Anonymous

            I would put it this way… You are asking people to set aside their own best interest in order to support you.

            In my opinion there are many people that won’t do that. They will pay the penalty and you have given them an out…..with the no preexisting conditions law.

            Not all of us are sheep.

          • I sincerely believe much of the opposition to UHC is the partisan source, which admittedly lacked tact in the way they implemented it. Had Obamacare been McCaincare, I believe many of the same people who today are protesting, would be championing it. That’s just the nature of partisan politics I suppose.

            I do believe in time however, that the country as a whole will see the wisdom in this approach – though the laws will probably have to undergo several adaptations before then to appease the GOP. And that’s fine with me as long as the ultimate goal is the same.

            Repeal and replace is what many Republican politicians ran with this year. And I can accept that approach. Repeal and don’t replace however, no.

            Yes, taxes often do not benefit the taxpayer directly. Though it’s not always about me me me, it’s about us us us. Do I like the idea of paying more? Of course not. No one does.

            I had a nice conversation with another poster (Fennis) a few days back and I think like many, were in agreement that cost really should be the first thing that needs to be tackled if “affordable care” is to be realized, UHC or not.

          • Anonymous

            I think the healthcare law is acting as a tax on business and sits as just one more hurdle a young person needs to jump over before they can earn a decent living.

            There will be/are already repercussions. I expect they would be the same if a Republican put the plan forward or not.
            This is probably not the thing to do first when you are trying to get an economy off the ground. That was the big mistake.

          • Oh there are issues – and yes it’s going to be a painful transition for many business owners. Though I don’t think there’d be any getting around that, even if the timing were better.

          • Anonymous

            98% of employer will pay LESS!!!Especially those with 25 employees and less which are the MAJORITY of MAINE employers.. BIG employers ( well most of them– the exception being walmart ( denny’s ) and walmart like) will ALWAYS offer GOOD comprehensive insurance because they know it is GOOD for business…..just like they will always offer sick days . The “pain” on employers IS an on going right MYTH.

            Basically ALL employers with 25 employees or less will REDUCE their insurance cost by AT LEAST 50 % .There is NO pain in that It is a HUGE benefit for all —- employer and employee alike. I’ll just leave it at that for now.

          • Not if they don’t currently offer insurance.

          • Anonymous

            I think you may be right,in away. BUT employment has become the traditional means by which people. ARE insured.. Employers did it initially to attract workers INSTEAD of paying higher wages. YUP and it became “normalized” and employees CAME to expect it. If an employer didn’t OFFER it the potential employee looked else where, for a job that did. . A “good job” came to mean one that includes benefits. It still does.
            PS it is a benefit that has been being subsidized by taxpayer thru tax credits for a long time..

            Do you believe that if an employer, who opts out, will INCREASE wages, because they no longer have that cost??

          • Anonymous

            sure if the young or wealthy are WILLING to pay the fee to opt out, ,fine with me .I think given REAL affordable insurance , they would be foolish NOT to opt in The rich aren’t stupid .

      • Narsbars

        So, tell me how much you get fined and what the mechanism is for collection. Then tell me what the enforcement methods are.
        You either won’t or can’t answer because either your ignorance or the truth will both make you look bad and Obama look good.

        • Anonymous

          So, basically, you’re looking at penalties of approximately the following at the following income levels:

          Less than $9,500 income = $0

          $9,500 – $37,000 income = $695

          $50,000 income = $1,000

          $75,000 income = $1,600

          $100,000 income = $2,250

          $125,000 income = $2,900

          $150,000 income = $3,500

          $175,000 income = $4,100 I think the IRS collects the fines. LePage is right let the state stay out of it and let the Feds. run their plan.

          • Anonymous

            uh I think you are confused about the ‘penalties” and the amounts . Get it from a black backgrounded web site( or hannity did you) did you??The penalty is on Busineses ,not individuals , who refuse to offer health care to their employees.

          • Anonymous

            wikipedia? Well, then it must be credible, lol

          • Anonymous

            If people want to calculate what they will pay for health insurance under the ACA, they can start here:

            http://healthreform.kff.org/SubsidyCalculator.aspx#incomeAgeTables

          • Anonymous

            You are incorrect. The penalties are on the individual in their individual tax returns.

            There are indeed business penalties but also individual ones. No insurance you pay.

          • Anonymous

            You can beat the left over the head with the truth and facts and they just won’t accept it.

          • Anonymous

            When your team has been on a 30-year lie-spree, why WOULD we trust anything you say?

          • Anonymous

            Yep, only the Rs lie. Got it.

          • Anonymous

            The penalty is on both individuals and businesses.

          • Anonymous

            : The
            minimum assessment will be $695 per person (but no more than $2,085 per
            family) in 2016, when fully phased in. The amount can be higher
            depending on income. But there are exemptions for low-income persons and
            others. Doesn’t say anything about business. per person and families. And it didn’t come from Hannity.

          • Briney

            The current issue of AARP (Oct.-Nov.) dispels such myths.

            If the cheapest plan exceeds 8 percent of your income, a person will be exempt from the tax penalty.

            Special taxes from $95 for the first year to $695 by 2017, will be phased in over the next seven years for those wishing to forego coverage.

            Even then the government will not criminally prosecute or place property tax liens on people who ignore the tax.

            At worst, the IRS will withhold the tax amount from an individual’s tax refunds.

            Most working people have medical insurance. Retirees avail themselves of Medicare and Co-Pay plans.

        • Anonymous

          you and I know the answer…and the other side certainly does too…

        • Anonymous

          most americans are still hoping that the current president will look good at something that means something good for america….

      • Anonymous

        Well, all of you people cried Wolf at the Public Option and because of that it’s now mandatory. Don’t blame Obama Conservatives, blame yourselves!

    • Anonymous

      So much for “Open for business.” What LePage meant, instead of open for business, was open for corporate profit at the expense of the vulnerable.

      Here he is, sacrificing the elderly, the rural and people with ‘pre-existing’ conditions:

      http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/10/06/6883/analysis-health-insurers-win-big-maine

      bangordailynews.com/2012/09/04/health/report-young-mainers-pay-less-for-health-coverage-elderly-pay-more-under-insurance-law/

      • Anonymous

        But his business is and always has been a junk business, cut rate damaged goods,

      • Anonymous

        Oh, give it a rest…………………

      • Anonymous

        The JOY of Hate is well expressed here

        • Guest

          It’s not hate here, it’s the truth. The truth is hurting the feelings of many that thought they were the voices of how America thinks.
          You guys thought wrong.

    • Anonymous

      LePage doesn’t want his fingerprints on this thing when it brings down the healthcare system….just like you shy away from intellegience…for your adverse fear that you may stumble onto something that may be meaningful to someone other than yourself…

      • Anonymous

        YUP the right who say they HATE big Bad Government just gave BIG goernment carte blanche ( a free check) to do it how they want. THEN they will blame them .

        • Anonymous

          they’re all “extremely” confused from living to long in AlternateReallitiyBurg

      • Anonymous

        These kind of doom and gloom predictions have rarely played out. My health care costs are already down because of ACA and I receive prompt and courteous care from my providers.

  • Anonymous

    Underachiever, underperformer, underwhelming….

  • Anonymous

    so much for R’s not liking BIG BAD government!!!They just handed them carte blanche. I don’t want to hear any whining from the right when they don’t like the outcome .

    “Joel Allumbaugh, a health policy expert at the conservative Maine
    Heritage Policy Center and president of the Maine Association of Health
    Underwriters” Doesn’t that just speak volumes ??

    • Anonymous

      Well there you go. They are the real thinkers behind Governor LePages policies. I do find it interesting now that the Gov. put through his health insurance reform plan that was supposed to open the market up for Maine citizens to shop out of state, but didn’t. Now will he attempt to block out of state insurers from selling insurance policies to Mainers through the Federal Govt.?

  • HowdyNeighbor

    Why should the state lift a finger when the feds are forcing the program on everyone, including those who don’t want it?

  • Anonymous

    It a shame Maine missed the chance to use the 5.8 million dollar start up funding, but it is probably wise to keep Big Paulie and the Blaine House Apple Polishing Gang out of something so important to so many Mainers. After all, our DHHS commish hasn’t exactly proven her ability to mangage high priced and complex issues!

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t matter. If the Feds want to do it let them. Maine didn’t miss out on anything …

      • Anonymous

        but 5.8 million and control of the exchanges!

  • Anonymous

    I am happy he is not meddling in this, It may be done right.. And on the fact that he won’t lift a finger to help, that don’t surprise me.. He never was for the people of Maine, he had his own agenda, whatever that may be.. He is one republican that has said he would work with the Democrats that really didn’t mean it..

  • Anonymous

    Can one of LePage’s advisers please tell him…the voters have spoken…and he has lost his bullying power!

    • Anonymous

      um..nobody ran on an insurance exchange

  • Anonymous

    Is he a chump? I guess it is Mr LePage now, not Governor LePage as he calls the President Mr. Obama. Oh well, maybe a small point. However, Gov LePage has shown that he is quite good at showing his disrespect and disdain for differing opinions.

  • Anonymous

    I am sure that there must be a LePage apologist around someplace who will tell us all what a wonderful job this jerk is doing. He is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to the Democrats in Maine in my lifetime. Now that he has engineered his party’s defeat at the polls we can expect him to do what all bullies do when they lose. Sit in a corner and pout. Or he could follow the lead of that darling of the tea party Sarah Palin and quit half way through his term.

    • Anonymous

      Did you really think it was great when Gov. Baldacci increased the food stamp population by 75%? How about when Angus King left the state with a billion dollar deficit? Exactly what did these two men do? Try not to be such a victim of the propaganda that the media feeds you.

      • Anonymous

        Apparently you prefer to live in the past. I however prefer to live in the present and look forward to the future. I assure you I am perfectly capable of making my own discissions and I certainly do not need any advice from you. But it is nice to know that Tea Party Paulie still has people like you who will defend him even after he has single handedly destroyed the Republican Party in the State of Maine. What happened on Nov. 6th wasn’t just a defeat for the Republicans it was a bloodbath. One of the worst in the history of Maine politics. Keep drinking your bitter tea and defending your loser hero.

      • Anonymous

        Check your facts.

  • Anonymous

    Humm…so Lepage withdrew from the National Governors Assoc because he wasn’t getting anything out of it, but he went to Las Vegas to the Republican Governor’s Assoc. I wonder what he got out of that?

    • Bob Conti

      Hopefully whatever it is, it stays in Las Vegas.

    • Anonymous

      Another wicked hangover, and a clear message from the hookers that their standards may be low, but they have standards.

    • Anonymous

      Lots of free drinks and come-ons.

      Yessah

    • Anonymous

      “atta boys”, free drinks and food on taxpayers dime? He isn’t serving US ; he is “performing” for THEM.

  • Anonymous

    This is a good thing!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait for 2014 and this bum gets voted out of office

    • If the GOP is wise, they will see the futility in running the incumbent for re-election and nominate someone more competitive – saving both themselves and Paul from an embarrassing loss. He’s not likely to even match his prior 39%. Summers numbers in the Senate race are a preview of what the gov can expect.

    • Anonymous

      well he has been made impotent . Thank you voters of Maine, His hot air means nothing now . He can huff and puff all he wants .It won’t matter one iota

  • Anonymous

    As if we expected anything else from this turd.

  • Bob Conti

    He won’t lift a finger because that actually constitutes exercise. But as others have said, it’s probably best if Governor Blowhard just gets out of the way because he and his administration would, undoubtedly, bollix things up.

  • Anonymous

    Even though LePage may not “lift a finger”…I know many who will happily lift a finger to/for Lepage!

    • Jst4Today

      Goodbye “Hands Across America”, hello “Fingers Across Maine”!

      • Anonymous

        you too funny !!! lol

  • Anonymous

    way to go Paulie!

  • Anonymous

    I liked it better before the election when he was keeping quiet.

  • Anonymous

    Affordable, I guess when your fined for not having it makes it affordable

  • This is unreal. The Governor has forgotten who he works for. If you do not want to do your job, Mr LePage, resign. The people of Maine respect and voted for the President of the United States. Show some respect, don’t be anti-democracy. Support the Commander in Chief elected by the majority, the way democracy works. You are supposed to represent the majority of the citizens of Maine.

    • Anonymous

      The entire population did not vote for Obama, neither did the entire country. You do not speak for the people of Maine.

  • A governor who really cares about the people in his state…What a shame…All the good that a governor could do..

  • Anonymous

    To be fair…his sausage finger probably weighs 40 lbs.

    • That explains his popularity with the ladies.

      • Anonymous

        Ewww…..

      • Anonymous

        teh awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Paulie…I’m lifting a finger in your direction, can you see it through your tea stained glasses?

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Republican Governors who are being recalcitrant about the PPACA healthcare exchanges end up with a Federally created exchange that is better than those developed by states that cooperated with the PPACA.

    • Anonymous

      In my view they built it they can pay for it.

  • Anonymous

    I would lift a finger for him!

  • Anonymous

    One of the weirdest posts for a while. With all those LOL’s ,and other odd remarks to say the least, your post comes off sounding deranged.

  • The death panels are the best part!

  • Anonymous

    1. The State of Maine has shown through previous debacles that it is incapable of leading a large software project, which essentially is what an online health insurance exchange is.
    2. If the State of Maine were to develop an online health insurance exchange, it would be paid for by Maine taxpayers.

    You can choose to agree with LePage or not, but isn’t the logical conclusion to this matter be that the State *should* allow the federal government to setup the health insurance exchange for us?

  • Anonymous

    The Feds want to force you to buy it then they should set it up…

    • Anonymous

      Anyone that can afford health insurance, but doesn’t buy it – is a parasite.that increases the cost of healthcare for the rest of us.

      Good riddance.

      Yessah

      • Anonymous

        At these rates anyone who can afford health insurance can also afford to pay their own medical bills.

      • Anonymous

        a freeloader, even!

      • Anonymous

        So this is going to take care of the welfare cheats that can afford insurance but want let the tax payers do it???? Its your story..

      • Anonymous

        I pay in, through work…… So yes I pay in..

  • Anonymous

    The State of Maine Governor is opposed to having the Federal Government control State of Maine matters, therefore he is making the Federal Government take the lead of Maine’s mandated health insurance exchange. I agree with his assessment of his limited governing abilities and appreciate that he is leaving the work to a more capable source. Thanks Mr. LePage for knowing your limitations.

  • Anonymous

    Now, Now Paul… it won’t be long… election is not too far away… There might be an opening in the Cayman Islands… Paul, you either make it happen, Watch it happen or wonder WTF happen….

  • Superuser23

    “I’m not lifting a finger,”

    Wouldn’t have expected you to Gov.

  • Anonymous

    We the people of Maine, students of the finest educators our country has to offer, know the proper salutation for the President of Our United States is ‘Mr. President’. Or if one elects to be more personable and include his surname then it would be proper to address him as “President Obama”. Not “Mr. Obama”. Please when you laugh at our governor don’t ignore the proud people of Maine because we are laughing with you!

  • Media going after LePage full strength now that it appears that he is politically weakened, if not vulnerable. LePage has made it easier for them to do so by some of his past statements being over the top and his overall confrontational style.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure although they will let the states run the new healthcare exchanges, they have to follow Federal Guidelines. I’m sure it will be a federal government thing just like all the other stuff they run, disorganized and confusing. The Gov. can do nothing right according to most commentors and all press.

    • Anonymous

      i would like to see the Governor do what is best for Maine citizens. He could be passing on an opportunity to make this process work for the people. I would think Maine officials would do the best job of setting up the exchanges.

      When you run for Governor, and get elected , you must do all the work to serve the people. That includes working with the Federal Government to obtain benefits for Maine People. LePage thinks he can cherry pick which duties he will perform.

      This whole angry governor routine is really bad for our tourism business.Having the President of the United States vacation in Bar Harbor is so good for our brand.That can not happen while LePage is still in office.

  • Anonymous

    Good! Stick to your guns Governor.
    These buffoons will soon learn, when their taxes go up on just about everything, and a health care boondoggle that will cost billions.
    But then the freeloaders, which proliferate in Maine will run around gleefully spouting, gimme, gimme, gimme.
    They will soon learn the horribile mistake they have made.
    Just wait.

    • Anonymous

      If people’s taxes go up – it will be the result of the GOP-created Fiscal Cliff – not Obamacare.

      Under Obamacare – their heath care costs will go down and they will have more money in their pockets.

      The GOP will throw the nation over the Fiscal Cliff because they care more for millionaires and billionaires more than average Americans.

      Yessah

      • Anonymous

        Obunglecare cost WILL increase $2500-$3000 per family when implemented. That is a fact. Check it out. And that equates to LESS money in our pockets….including yours, unless of course you are one of the gimme, gimme, gimme crowd.
        But, I need not carry on any further banter with you. You too will soon learn.

    • Anonymous

      And by “buffoons” you mean “most people”!

  • Anonymous

    it is mind boggling to think that elliot cutler ran for office and we have this buffoon.

    • Anonymous

      THank goodness Elliot Cutler lost! He is a former Carter Admin employee. HE is another Angus King. Someone who says he is independent, however he is really a democrat.

      • Anonymous

        (le rage is hardly representational of the republican party)…independant, democratic, republican…who the hell cares? how about someone with some critical thinking skills? insight as to how decisions affect us long term? ability to work with others? an attitude of respect for the people he governs? less abrasive towards the ideas of others? he domonstrates his lack of intelligence every day… yeah, I’ll take cutler.

  • Anonymous

    Just like a spoiled kid, he’s taking his ball and bat and going home. Wait a minute, he is home and if he pouts and lets the Feds run the game it isn’t even his bat and ball. Big loss for LePage. And us.

  • Anonymous

    I am self employed and pay my own health premiums.

    Right now I am limited to Anthem.

    I am looking forward to having more choices and think that my premiums SHOULD go down.

    We’ll see…..

  • Anonymous

    Judging by the performance of the DHHS and the 10.6 million dollar screw up it is probably a good idea to let the feds set up the exchange. I don’t think that the state is really capable of doing it on their own.

  • Anonymous

    You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch……
    Politics, yuck!

  • JohnR

    “LePage won’t ‘lift a finger’
    That’s the most work he has done in years from the looks.
    Waaa waaa waaa we lost waa waa waa how can I go on wa wa wa. Here’s to hoping he quits like Sarah Failing did.

  • Anonymous

    68% of Americans wanted this health care law repealed. For those who think it’s going to be a life changing experience, you’re right but not for the reasons you think. Governor LePage is doing the right thing here by doing nothing.

    • Anonymous

      No they don’t.

      And one they see how Obamcare works and how it will benefit their lives – they will see republican lies for what they are.

      Yessah

    • Anonymous

      and half of that 68% wants to implement single-payer. Oh, so THAT’s what you want!

      • Anonymous

        And most of them have no idea what it will mean once it’s enacted.

  • Anonymous

    pf course the d-bag isn’t going to lift a finger

  • Jazz11

    This man has to scruples nor intelligence.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, governor. We can see you “not lifting a finger” for anything the Democrats have put forth. Now call the Koch brothers and tell them that you just stuck it to Obama again. Get your well deserved pat on the head from the trust fund babies. Hopefully you beat Scott Walker and Paul Ryan to their butt cheeks this time.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, he’s sticking it to the people of Maine, not Obama, and he’s cutting off our noses to spite the president’s face.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, good old-fashioned leadership, GOP-style! If you don’t play by my rules, I won’t play.

    As noted elsewhere, gov, lead, follow, or get out of the sandbox.

  • Anonymous

    There will be no more wars because Obama says he wants peace and love and all of us will be healthy and cared for because Obama says he cares.

    • Anonymous

      Obama won.

      Yessah

  • Anonymous

    If Mr.LePage doesn’t want to get “caught up in’ the Federal mess, then he should make health care afforadable in Maine.
    No one should pay $135.00 + to go to their doctor to get their blood pressure checked to get their prescription refilled, once a person is on meds, there should not be a charge at doctors office visit for that purpose only. Thats insurances fault and if we didn’t have them, health care would be affordable, even for poor folks.
    No one should be paying $100-1500.00 for 30 days of meds.Thats criminial!
    Making health care unaffordable is not much different then standing in front of a firing squad and who supports that……
    Just insurances and the government and whats that say about them?

  • Anonymous

    I guess we know where the Koch brothers now stand on the ACA. Thanks for clearing things up governor.

  • Anonymous

    That’s perfectly fine. LeThug doesn’t have to lift a finger-the legislature can do it without him. The RGA has asked the Obama administration “for more time” to set up their exchanges which they should have already done, but instead DIDDLED away their time doing nothing. That’s the new math equation GOP=NOTHING!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm a system that gives consumers a mechanism to compare and contrast health insurance products and our governor refuses to participate? Do u think he will run for reelection ?? I’m thinking he is going to be so voted out he will be embarrassed. But then you need some level of pride to be embarrassed.

  • Anonymous

    The Obama voters will pay now.I love it.Just like the rest of the population who PAY for insurance.You wanted him,you got it. Way to go LePage. Let the Democrats untangle their own fishing line.

    • Anonymous

      Under Obamacare – working people pay for that insurance.

      They must meet INCOME requirements to be eligible for Medicaid and subsidies.

      To have an income – one must WORK

      The GOP still doesn’t get it.

      Yessah

  • Anonymous

    I thought he was elected to work for us. I hope his decision is a good one. I suppose he wouldn’t care in as much as we, the citizens, pay his health care insurance and pension for him, as well as the rest of the legislature. I love it when politicians get what they need but leave the rest of us without the very same things they’re getting through our ‘socialist’ government. I call on all republican legislators to give up their free health care and pensions.

  • Pamela 058

    This is an example as to why the Republicans are getting a bad name..they don’t want to work with anyone..people are getting fed up…its people like him and Boehner who give Republicans a bad name

  • Anonymous

    LaPlague and the other tea-potty repubs never did represent the people. Why would expect them to help now?

  • Anonymous

    “The federal subsidies will make health insurance more affordable and likely encourage additional insurers to sell competitively priced policies in Maine, he said.”

    Where do the federal subsidies come from? You are all fools if you think the Federal Government can manage healthcare effectively.

  • Anonymous

    he’s going to save the state millions of dollars,let the Feds do it..it’s their plan

  • Anonymous

    That’s a good thing. Even if he wanted to, I don’t think he could do this.. Being a Goverrnor this job is way over his head.

  • Anonymous

    and they wonder why they lost!!! 5 R controlled states lost control of their state houses and governorhships. It might have soemthing to do with their actions and behaviors since 2010.They have NO One but themselves to blame. They were out of step and out of touch with the majority . 39% is not a majority

  • Anonymous

    Governor LePage, I shall lift one finger to you. Enjoy the rest of your first and only term.

  • Anonymous

    Probably lifting The Middle One

  • Anonymous

    The exchanges will REDUCE the cost of health insurance for thousands of Mainers – and enroll more people in Medicaid.

    The ACA will also allow Maine people to form non-profit health insurance co-ops that will create the plans THEY want and can afford.

    One is already in the works in Lewiston.

    LePage and his Teahadists INCREASED health insurance costs for thousands of Mainers -and they tried to throw thousands off Medicaid.

    This was one reason why the People of Maine KICKED the GOP out of Augusta on November 6.

    Bottom line.

    Democrats want people to have affordable health insurance – republicans do not.

    The “Lame Penguin” can shut up and get out of the way.

    Yessah

  • Anonymous

    It’s certain that a number of folks are lifting a finger to Paul Lepage.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is correct in not getting involved in the gestapo arm irs
    of obama seek and destroy America

    • Anonymous

      It would be entertaining to watch any of these Lepage haters take one step, let alone “walk a mile in his shoes” Clearly they would all fall down.

      • Anonymous

        I could go down to the local Mickey D’s and pick out several from the morning crew that could jog that mile in your Marden manager’s shoes.

        • Anonymous

          Read about the man’s history.

      • Anonymous

        If we had bellies like he does, yeah, you’re probably right….

    • Anonymous

      Your hyperbole indicates that the information to back up your argument is weak!!

      • Anonymous

        You Libs really crack me up. You are saying chuckepilgrim is HYPERBOLE!! Have you read all the comments from the Left on here????????

        • Anonymous

          “gestapo”, “seek and destroy America” You’re right. I take it back. Make that Non-sensical Paranoid Hyperbole.

    • Anonymous

      What a sad little post.

    • Has he told Obama to go to hell yet?

      • If not then he has officially reneged on one of his campaign promises.

      • Anonymous

        No – he told him the “pull his finger”.

        Wouldn’t put it past him..

        Yessah

    • Anonymous

      Gestapo? Oh please, another poor loser. The country spoke loud and clear. Love this democracy, or leave it…..

  • Anonymous

    Obama won – twice.

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Yessah

    • Anonymous

      I know, true but sad, there are now 51% layabouts and do-nothings and 49% workers who provide for them.

      • Anonymous

        That attitude is what put our president in the white house for another 4 years and made the Governor of Maine a lame duck for the rest of the one term he will serve.
        Try and learn from your loss. Just because someone doesn’t agree with you simply means they don’t agree with you.

        • Anonymous

          Its just frustrating because I work so hard and long and so many of you layabouts take so much of my paycheck and taxes, and not only dont pause between Doritios and cigarettes to thank me, you sneer “its not enough” and elect people who will make me pay more. Do you ever pause while watching Judge Judy and think “hmmm people are out there working to support me” and perhaps someday I’ll get tired of carrying your family on my back along with mine? This is serious, not polical. Youre a taker, I’m a maker, Have some pride in your life, grab a toothbrush and washcloth and get to work. It feels go to take care of yuorself, really!

          • Anonymous

            Did you ever think that calling everyone who disagrees with you a “taker” is what got your party into the little mess your in?

            You don’t take care of my family, and by all the noise your making I highly doubt you take care of yours.

          • Anonymous

            I just wish my neighbors would get up, get off the couch, take some pride and work! We do – all of my family members work! I see so many who are able bodied and able minded, getting crazy checks, EBT cards, welfare, section 8, free cell phones, wic vouchers and more. I get NOTHING but crap from layabouts. Men who hide behind their girlfriends skirts as we go by, because my husband is so much more man than them – he works. They dont realize that being lazy and lying to get welfare is harder work than actually working. Someday the well will run dry, and the “evil” workers and “wealthy” will indeed be in history’s dustbin. And layabouts will have a tear as they have that pitiful hand out, begging Daddy Government for more, and there will be no more largesse to squander.
            Oh, and in case you think I am being a tightwad, we all know from IRS records, conservatives give FAR MORE percentage to charity. Liberals name buildings after themselves with MY money and beat their chests – they’ll be glad to give you the shirt off MY back.
            Meanwhile, the adults in the room, WE and our friends, give and give to charity with no recognition needed or wanted. Al Gore and Obaba and Biden – gave very little prior to press scrutiny.
            Tough being a phony, I mean democrat I mean liberal layabout.
            Its OK badcop, I am off to my job, your money’s on the way! Oh look, Jerry Springer is on, grab some Allens Coffee Brandy and toke up a fattie! Checks are due!

          • Anonymous

            Sweet pea if you live by someone that collects welfare then my housekeeper paid more taxes then you last year.

  • Anonymous

    a different fuller story in ther pph suggest that a Committee of insurers appoointed by the Gov in 2011 , reccommende the state do the exchange AND apparently there are many R;’s who agree.
    Lepage wrote 2 letters: one to sebelius and one to obama The first one said we arent touching it . BUT the second one asked obama to extend the deadline for the decision making for a month. Just weird.

    I think Sebelius and Obama need to hear from US directly that lepage doesn’t represent OUR best interest or ” Maine’s “thoughts on the issue . Lepage is a minority leader nothing more..

  • Anonymous

    It won’t be pretty when the peasants with pitchforks figure out what Mr. LePage’s inaction is going to cost us. And, how conveniently he overlooks the fact that CONgress passed the “Insurance Company Relief Act of 2010”. As a friend of big business, he should be enthusiastically implementing it.

  • Anonymous

    The governor is right. This is a federally-mandated exchange with rules dictated by Washington.
    It would not be fiscally responsible to put hard-working State residents on the financial hook for an unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not even been written.
    To implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under Obamacare would be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting the state in direct contradiction to the Constitution and our founding principles of limited government.

    • Anonymous

      You understand the Affordable Healthcare Act as much as the Govnuh does. By participating, he could tailor aspects of it to Maine needs. For instance, not everyone in Maine has internet access to make those choices, that could be a problem without local input. This is coming regardless of LePage’s petulance. THe Republicans have already screwed up their effort to tinker with health insurance, and for my company and over 50? Rates increased by 20% after the insurance competition legislation passed. Let smarter minds do the work. LePage should just follow Webster out the door.

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of Schultz in Hogan’s Heroes. “I do nussing!”

  • Anonymous

    Massachusetts has had a health insurance exchange for some years Have a look – pretend you live there:

    massachusettshealthexchange.com

  • Anonymous

    “We’re not going to get involved. We’re going to let Mr. Obama do a federal exchange. It’s his bill.”

    It is a law not a bill, and it is OUR law.

    You work for the people of Maine, Mr. Governor, not the out of state ideologues.

    • Anonymous

      Ha ha. Anybody with a Schoolhouse Rock level of education knows that!

  • Leenie Shell

    You commenters are so rude and ignorant with no respect for anyone, especially our elected governor – just listen to yourselves, so this is what America has evolved into. A bunch of whiners that take pride in voicing insults and trying to outdo one another on just how crude your comments can be. Brainless posters. Elections have consequences and you have not seen anything yet, take a trip to Greece and see where you are heading, yup, this is what you opted into, you are all idots for taking our country down.

    • Anonymous

      How refreshing, a rude and ignorant post with no respect for anyone, whining and crying about rude posters. Yup and you still get up in the morning and wonder just how your elected Governor became a lame duck.

  • Anonymous

    Good Idea !! The small business owner is the true job maker
    Click here: John Metz, Denny’s Franchisee And Hurricane Grill & Wings Owner, Imposes Surcharge For Obamacare

    or copy and paste to browser

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/john-metz-hurricane-grill-wings-dennys_n_2122412.html?utm_hp_ref=small-business&icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-sb-bb%7Cdl27%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D234886

  • Anonymous

    it’s no doubt best to let the feds handle this, but does gov. lepage really have to behave like a spoiled child when he doesn’t get his way? he is supposed to be a professional, i wish he would behave like one. i can live with opposing viewpoints, but this childish, churlish behavior should stop. if he were my employee (which, in a way, he is) i would fire him for his attitude alone.

  • Anonymous

    I think the real waste of tax payer money is this guy being our governor.

  • Anonymous

    “I’m not lifting a finger,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg at a Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas. “We’re not going to get involved. We’re going to let Mr. Obama do a federal exchange. It’s his bill.” Is that the best way to serve Maine? I suppose I should be happy that he isn’t whining more…

  • Jennifer Lunden

    Joel Allumbaugh, the health policy expert at the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center and president of the Maine Association of Health Underwriters, says that health insurance companies have little leverage over the prices that hospitals, doctors and other health care providers charge? Wow. I am a mental health counselor in Maine. Talk to me about the hoops we have to go through to try to get private insurers to pay us our full fee. Ask me if any insurers are actually PAYING my full fee. I can’t help but wonder what kind of “health policy expert” Joel Allumbaugh is if he is spreading the falsehood that insurers pay the healthcare providers what they charge. Because they don’t. Insurers decide what they will reimburse me, and if I want to provide access to clients who carry that insurance, then I have to accept what they give me. It’s a shame to think LePage is passing up the opportunity to negotiate affordable insurance fees for Mainers. But then, nothing he has done in office indicates that he wants to support the middle class.

  • Anonymous

    Good for him. LePage does what is going to help Maine. All you people who can not get past that need to chill.

  • Anonymous

    “In April, LePage returned a $5.8 million federal grant that would have helped Maine pay for setting up an exchange.” Now does that sound logical to you? Does that sound like our governor has the best interests of Maine people at heart? What it does sound like is sour grapes…who will lose out? Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.

    • fourCatssoon

      Simple – that is why this Clown is ranked the “Worst” Governor ever elected in Maine history. He is a shame to the office and the worst part is he does not care. He only represents the “rich” people than fund Clowns like him. Still the Green Shirt people love this guy -Oh, you say the Green Shirt people don’t have any food – why worry, The Clown will help them – like after two years when its to late and he will finally be gone from office and his Daughter will have to begin looking for work in Florida – why this family does not care to live in Maine:)

  • Anonymous

    My Republican party didn’t learn a thing from this past election….they still want to say NO and Republican Governors are seeking ways to not fund Obama’s health care time frame. Yet they continue to whine about more people being on the dole and costing them money without health care etc. Come on men, grow up and start working together to get things done for this country….if not, 2014 a lot of my Republican friends will be looking for another job venue……We need to make them accountable and start working in our behalf instead of sitting back in cigar smoked rooms figuring on how they can best stop business in Washington so they can blame it all on the President. And this Governor is a disgrace….I am so glad that I retired elsewhere so I don’t have to listen to his whining and mis-judgements. It’s all about him, Mr. Wonderful! please look at me…….So Sad!

  • Anonymous

    He needs to be replaced……we need more than an empty chair……

  • Anonymous

    LePage doesn’t have to “lift a finger” for his (and his daughter’s) taxpayer funded heath care.

    Nossuh

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget the rest of the family.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Donuts are the only thing Paul has been lifting a finger for lately.

  • Anonymous

    Not to worry, Paulie. I’m sure there are enough Mainers who’d be more than happy to lift a finger your way.

  • Guest

    ……x,cnbosig

  • Anonymous

    It isn’t LePages fault at all…The voters decided that Obama care was what they want…Let Obama sink or swim in his own boat…He sold this thing that no one has read or understands…He gave Pelosies State and Harry Reids State exemption from the law….Why…Typical liberal State trying to get everything done for them…If Obamas Democrates are incharge then this should have been worked into this bill…If Obama is going to run imigration in Arizona and Texas let him run this…

  • tag

    This is exactly what the rest of the GOP should do. They should take a tip from our leader and vote present. That way, when the socialist policies/tax increases/cap & trade/open borders continue to inevitably fail, the mainstream media will not be able to blame it on the GOP. This is the only way the moochers will learn that their policies are destroying the country. They voted for it, let them have it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah…it’s Obama’s bill now…but only because you ROBthePUBLICan goons got slapped down hard in the last election. Funny it wasn’t Obama’s bill when LIEpage and his ilk were wasting thousands of dollars fighting it. Losers. Two more years…

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand Gov. LePage’s opposition here, because it sounds like setting up an exchange is in line with his own goals of allowing more competition for insurance companies in Maine!

    If he is only opposing this because it’s part of “obamacare”, that’s a petty reason I would expect from immature ideologues like Charlie Webster. Our governor should be pragmatic and support good ideas regardless of where they come from.

    • Anonymous

      Right. Plus he dislikes the Federal government telling the states what to do. This guy wouldn’t know a principle if it walked up and bit him in the ***. This do-nothing strategy must be from the ALEC playbook.

  • Anonymous

    Obama has no limits…

  • Anonymous

    thats just seed money to creat more jobs for the state .. we will all work for the state some day…the little red hen is almost gone then what will all of you do? WORK?? France to the rescue

  • Anonymous

    LePage doesn’t want to lift a finger to help Mainers? Shocker…

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good work Governor. Got to keep the sheeple in line!

  • Anonymous

    Apparently Foghorn Leghorn has more important uses for his finger.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go Gov! Obamacare is already killing jobs and businesses are not going to play. Let Obama manage his healthcare on his own since he has so much experience doing this.

    • Anonymous

      Nope – only right-wing-nut “job creators” that benefit from the “Bush Tax Cuts to Millionaires” are killing jobs.

      Yessah

  • Anonymous

    The feds will probably do a better job than our state government would. It seems to short circuit the regulations that have left us with one or two health insurance providers. At least we might get some choice.

  • If LePage had half a clue, he’d help to find the best deal for Mainers instead of allowing the feds to impose what’s left on us.

  • Anonymous

    Allumbaugh certainly has no dog in this fight, either! NOT

  • superdog207

    What a disapointment to the human race….

  • Anonymous

    Dear Mr. LePage,
    We elected you to do your job, not to pick and choose what you feel like working on. You have until Dec 14 to get your act together. If you don’t feel like doing your job, please resign and let someone else do it.
    Sarah White

  • Briney

    I’d need shock therapy if I once read something positive by this man, who pretends to govern the State of Maine.

    He cares nothing for the state and its people. Neither does his clique – Charlie Webster and Charlie Summers, and others – welded to national Democratic -destructive Tea Party ideology.

    Surprised he isn’t teamed up with Texas Governor Perry looking for secession because the tea pot got cracked in the election.

  • Anonymous

    According to Healthcare.com: “Maine has received $6,877,676 in grants for research, planning,
    information technology development, and implementation of Affordable
    Insurance Exchanges”. My question is what did the Governor do with this money if he knew that he was going to turn down a state run health exchange program? Should the state give the money back?

    • Anonymous

      LePage already sent it back.

  • Anonymous

    Let him own it all, the same as the economy.

  • Anonymous

    This is not really a surprise. I never thought that LePage really understood the whole thing anyway. So, why not let someone do it that knows what they’re doing.

  • Anonymous

    Another title: “LePage lets Feds create exchanges, forfeits right to b*tch about Fed’s implementation in state.”

  • Anonymous

    There seem to be two compelling reasons to let the federal government handle this. It saves the states a lot of money up front – perhaps $500 million or so. Also, most states don’t have the technical management skills to pull this off, especially in the time available.
    I’ll add a third reason. If the federal government does it, the approach will be somewhat standardized. This makes it easier for you as a consumer in a mobile society. It also is better for the healthcare industry; working with a different set of healthcare regulations for each state is expensive, inefficient and prone to errors.

    • Anonymous

      $500 million – a figure you pulled out of thin air.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see, we could have built it with Maine workers, managed it with Maine workers and tuned it for Maine citizens. LePage has abdicated all that to the feds. So much for states expressing their rights.

  • Anonymous

    So LePage is saying, “We don’t want the federal government to regulate Maine’s health insurance exchange, so we are going to let the federal government take responsibility for regulating Maine’s health insurance exchange.” That is a rather bizarre reason for abdication of responsibility.

  • Anonymous

    Goodness gracious! 2 x in one year I’m agreeing with Mr. LePage. I’m beginning to feel like I’m living in a different dimension! Truth is, I’m afraid I have to agree with him. I think what he is saying is that if Maine used its own money and resources to set up the exchange it would still be regulated by the Federal government. In fact, the feds could tell us how the money and resources were to be spent. Why would we want to be a part of that? “You do all the work and come up with all the money and we’ll tell you what to do and how much to spend”. Ummmm, NO!

    • Anonymous

      No, there was a federal grant (almost 6 million dollars) given to Maine to cover the cost of setting up the exchange. LePage returned the money last April.

      • Anonymous

        That would have covered the costs to set up the exchange, however, the feds would still have total control and who’s to say they wouldn’t have decided later to change something and have the state fork over the money for it? It was a risk either way.

        • Anonymous

          That’s not how it works.

          Try agian.

          Yessah

  • Anonymous

    I don’t even know why I comment on his actions, in this case inaction, any longer. He’s not governing in our behalf, he isn’t helping at all and it just gets so frustrating. Maine is, I think, the only state that permits “By Request” bills. I certainly hope that someone initiates a recall provision to our constitution. Put it on the next referendum. We cannot have a repeat performance of this. He speaks of polarization of the legislature and the political parties and how evil it is. And he continues to be a catalyst for that exact same thing. I have never in my life seen a person elected governor, in any state, who completely disregards; the federal government, the will of the electorate, and the processes of the legislative branch. He is an embarrassment to all of us.

  • Anonymous

    Costs? Let me see. Woman with insurance finds small malignant nodule in breast and has it removed. Woman without insurance waits until it has metastasized through body and then seeks medical care. Such a puzzlement.

    • Anonymous

      The man who has his health insurance paid for by the publice doesn’t want the public to have health insurance. And he won’t lift a finger so nobody can accuse him of co-operating with the Democrats.

  • Juniors Farm

    I feel sorry for all you folks in Maine having a Gov.like him,heck you all might just as well turn it into a Commonwealth state,Let the Feds tell you how to live.

  • Anonymous

    I trust the FEDS anyway, NOT Lepage and his Thugs. I dont want LePage to have his dirty fat fingers in my health care.

    • Anonymous

      Keep trusting the feds the way the hostess 18,500 employees trusted their union bosses….that plan worked out real good.

      • Anonymous

        What do strikers got to do with Federal Health Care. The strike is on another page.

        • Anonymous

          It’s called making an analogy…..look it up

  • Anonymous

    Hey LePage…..do your job stupid……

  • Guest

    Right wing extremist = LePage

  • Pamela 058

    People don’t get voted in again this way…oh well

  • Anonymous

    LePage, don’t lift any fingers on my account. I shall lift all 5 on the one hand it takes to fill out an absentee ballot as soon as you come up for re-election. And I hope you leave the Blaine House in the same condition you found it or you won’t get back your deposit.

  • Anonymous

    Lepage could not set-up tea for two.

  • Anonymous

    I love the comments from the Giveme croud……

  • Anonymous

    I’m from the Goverment and we are here to help you….LOL

  • Anonymous

    The Gov is just one person. The Maine State legislature and Our reps in DC can make it happen IF THEY HAD THE POLITICAL COURAGE! Since they seem to have no back bone, they are complicit in the end results of inaction…………………

  • Anonymous

    For four years the president and his minions of obamamaniacs have been singing in harmony “it’s all Bush’s fault”, I don’t recall Governor LePage cry-babying “It’s all baldacci’s fault.”

    • Anonymous

      Apparently you didn’t pay attention to the DHS discussion.

  • Anonymous

    President Obama made secret deals with insurance companies on the ACA; a version of Romneycare. I just read today that Romneycare has virtually no effect on reducing medical bankruptcies in MA.
    High premiums and deductibles also raised profits for health insurance companies………while at the same time leaving unaffordable healthcare insurance for middle, lower incomes and working poor.
    So….I WILL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT…..hoodwinked again?

    http://www.pnhp.org/sites/default/files/docs/2011/AJM_Mass-Reform-hasnt-stopped-med-bankruptcies.pdf

  • Anonymous

    He lifted one finger, his middle one, to his fellow Mainers. LePage is a fool.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Hon. Gov. LePage, for working incessantly on my behalf. ….Um, oh wait: you’re not.

  • The more I know about Paul LePage the more I like him. I wish he would do the same thing with other federal regulations the state is stuck with, if it’s a federal bill, let the feds enforce it, administer it and leave the state out of it.

    Let the DOE come handle their mandates on schools, let the EPA come enforce their own rules and regs with no help from the state. Etc.

  • joetaxpayer

    LePage is one and done….

  • Bill Cat

    Say what? Dude is a politician, made a whole lifestyle out of not really working. Just letting everybody know he doesn’t plan to at this point? LOL

  • Anonymous

    Sure Governor. Don’t do anything to help Maine citizens. Do all you can for health insurance companies. Send back the money provided. Oh, and by the way. Thanks for helping the argument for a single payer program along.

  • Anonymous

    The guy is such a scumbag.

  • Anonymous

    Residents of states that do not run their own exchanges will not be eligible for
    vouchers. Yes, vouchers, they kind the left so strongly objected to in the Ryan-Wyden plan for 65 and over. Hypocritically, the left is fine with vouchers for those under 65 even though the vouchers on the exchanges will not keep up with the rising costs of health care.

    The people of states who refuse to set up and operate exchanges will have to pay full price for the mandated “Essential Benefits” which will be much more expensive than basic catastrophic only coverage. The Unaffordable Care Act was written hastily and sloppily. Only state run exchanges allow for those who live there to receive vouchers/handouts/welfare/tax/credits/subsidies/freebies. The UCA did not allow the vouchers for exchanges run (into the ground) by the federal government. All of which is totally redundant and unnecessary since we already have exchanges such as ehealthinsurance.com.

    Business will sue if they are fined for not insuring employees who aren’t even eligible for subsidies. The IRS does not have the power to write new tax rules. The businesses would win easily and another major component of Obamacare goes down along with the Medicaid expansion. States already cannot afford the Medicaid they have now. The eventual reduction of federal money to 90% is not guaranteed either.

    There are already 4 Supreme Court justices ready to throw out the entire law. If Roberts finally decides to get his act together, he’ll join them since the exchanges, employer mandate and Medicaid expansion dysfunctions cause Obamacare to collapse.

    Sources:

    While the Treasury Department has attempted to invent a regulation
    whereby subsidies could be offered via federally-run exchanges, the
    Obama administration has no legal authority to do so, and any attempt of
    that nature would be immediately challenged in the courts.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/04/19/how-a-drafting-error-could-liberate-states-from-obamacares-employer-mandate/

    Regrettably,
    the IRS has tried to “get around” the clear meaning of the law. In a
    proposed rule, the IRS writes that taxpayers will be eligible for
    ObamaCare’s “tax credits” — which are more government spending than –
    if they are enrolled in a health plan “established under section 1311 or
    1321” [emphasis added]. But that’s not what the law
    says.

    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/latest-obamacare-glitch-enables-states-to-block-new-entitlement-spending/

    The IRS doesn’t have the latitude to invent provisions where they don’t exist:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2011/09/08/yet-another-obamacare-foul-up-participants-in-federally-run-insurance-exchanges-may-be-ineligible-for-subsidies/

    Unauthorized Tax
    The IRS doesn’t have a leg to stand on here. It has not cited any express statutory authority for its decision, because there is none.
    The language limiting tax credits to state-established exchanges is
    clear and consistent with the rest of the statute. The law’s chief
    sponsor, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), is on
    record explaining creation of an exchange is among the conditions states
    must satisfy before credits become available. Indeed,
    all previous drafts of the law also withheld credits from states to
    push them to cooperate.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-06-24/obamacare-healthcare-supreme-court-unconstitutional/55796730/1

    The
    limitation of tax credits and premium assistance to state-run exchanges
    was intended as an incentive for states to create their own exchanges.
    The evidence in the record on this point is abundant and clear, which
    would explain why the IRS has had such a hard time citing any specific text or history in support of its rule.

    http://www.volokh.com/2012/06/24/if-health-reform-law-survives-litigation-will-continue/

    CA Section 1401 provides that eligible taxpayers may receive income tax credits for purchase of insurance “through an Exchange established by the State under Section 1311.” Section 1311 calls upon states to establish health insurance exchanges. It does not provide for the federal government to create health care exchanges.
    Rather, a separate provision of the act, Section 1321, provides that if
    a state does not “elect” to create an exchange that meets federal
    requirements, the federal government shall then “establish and operate”
    an exchange. Thus, under a plain reading of the text, the ACA only
    provides for tax credits for state-run exchanges, and if states fail to
    create exchanges, there are no tax credits for insurance bought on a
    federally run exchange.

    The IRS, like all federal agencies, has
    an independent obligation to comply with the law, and I do not know of
    anyone who has argued that the IRS may create tax credits at will just
    because it thinks that’s what Congress meant to do and such actions are
    not easily challengable in court. Just imagine the sorts of mischief
    such a
    doctrine could unleash.

    http://www.volokh.com/2011/09/09/the-irs-wants-to-give-tax-credits-for-health-insurance-purchases-beyond-those-provided-for-in-the-aca/

    • Anonymous

      Interesting….figures.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, ffs. This turd burglar isn’t gone yet?

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see what the next 2 yrs bring. Hopefully the Dems will make what it seems alot of people think are the correct decisions. The Gov has tried to bring the spending under control and a lot of people think that is wrong for some reason. I guess they want the State to be like the Feds and keep pushing things down to the people that are working and can pay. I see a massive debt coming up for Obama care when it is in full effect. The dollar can’t handle that. I don’t know the answer but someone better come up with one before the US is no more.

  • Anonymous

    What a joke. “It makes shoppiing for insurance easier??” Any idea how many solicitations for insurance I get daily? It’s just another massively expensive federal program to make more people dependent on the government and we, still, can’t afford it.

  • Anonymous

    It will be hilarious when some ObamaCare-loving person can’t get a routine checkup for several months because there are too many crack addicts in front of them demanding their ‘free’ health care

  • Anonymous

    “The top earner in our report is McKesson‘s John H. Hammergren, with $131 million in total pay. Hammergren drew $6.3 million in salary and bonus, but also realized $112 million from the exercise of vested stock options. The next four top-paid chief executives, also earning most of their pay from exercised stock options or vested stock awards:”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottdecarlo/2012/04/04/americas-highest-paid-ceos/

    According to Fortune 500’s 2010 list, the top seven health insurance companies in terms of overall revenues include:

    1. UnitedHealth Group – $87 billion
    2. WellPoint – $65 billion
    3. Aetna – $34.7 billion
    4. Humana – $30.9 billion
    5. Cigna – $18.4 billion
    6. Health Net – $15.7 billion
    7. Coventry Health Care – $13.9 billion

    We ordered our list a little differently; according to the overall compensation of each organization’s leader. Click on each name below to get a more detailed look into the pay packages for each executive.

    1. Ron Williams, Aetna

    2. Allen Wise, Coventry Health Care

    3. Angela Braly, WellPoint

    4. Stephen Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group

    5. David Cordani, Cigna

    6. Michael McCallister, Humana

    7. Jay Gellert, Health Net

    Read more: 2009 Health Insurance CEO Compensation – FierceHealthPayer http://www.fiercehealthpayer.com/special-reports/2009-health-insurance-ceo-compensation#ixzz2CUJnVRRH
    Subscribe: http://www.fiercehealthpayer.com/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceHealthPayer-FierceHealthPayer

  • Anonymous

    From Saturday’s Duluth News Tribune:

    Minnesota is ahead of many other states facing a deadline to declare whether they will set up a health care marketplace to help people and small businesses get private insurance.

    Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton began pushing to develop a state-tailored health insurance exchange shortly after taking office in early 2011. That reversed the position taken by his Republican predecessor Tim Pawlenty, who blocked a $1 million grant for the project.

    Two years later, Minnesota has received more than $70 million in federal grants to develop its own exchange, and much of the state’s progress report is online for consumers to see.

  • Anonymous

    The Obama administration doesn’t really want the states to be in control. All one has to do is read his past comments in which he stated point blank that he wants so see the nation with a national, government run, one-payor system. So, at the end of the day what states won’t really have any control, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Obama is destroying health care and our economy. Our nation is in decline, and its going to get a lot lot worse. And a majority of American voters voted for it, and will deserve exactly what they get. What’s sad is those of us that knew and voted against Obama’s socialist utopia have to suffer along with the idiots!

  • Kent R Crawford

    The article contains a mis-statement. The Medicaid expansion is attached to state created Exchanges. The Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional, meaning the states could opt out. The ObamaCare law itself made the state created exchanges voluntary through the use of Federally created Exchanges. But the Federally created Exchanges to not contain the Medicaid expansion.

    The use of the term “default” is inappropriate and incorrect.

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