Comments for: Maine’s Legislature might set up insurance exchange anyway, despite LePage’s comments

Posted Nov. 17, 2012, at 1:42 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 17, 2012, at 3:42 p.m.

LEWISTON | Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have closed the door on the state setting up its own health insurance exchange, but state lawmakers, especially Democrats, aren’t ruling out the possibility. Even some members of LePage’s own Republican Party said Friday a bipartisan bill that sets up an exchange …

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  • Anonymous

    Odd. Usually it’s Republican stupidity that saves the Democrats….

    • Anonymous

      Huh?

  • Anonymous

    Somebody has to run the State if the Governor is too incompetent or too lazy to do it himself.

    • Anonymous

      Did you mean to hit the “d” key instead of the “n” before typing “umb”?

      • Anonymous

        Given the distance between the two keys, maybe that’s what he meant (or maybe just watching out for censorship). Applies either way.

      • Anonymous

        Just changed it to make it more accurate

  • StillRelaxin

    The presumptive Democratic House Speaker, Rep. Mark Eves said lawmakers would use the upcoming session to plan for a future state-based exchange. Incoming Republican House leader Rep. Kenneth Fredette told the Press Herald Thursday that a state-based exchange is the best option for Mainers. (UPDATE: This quote from Mr. Fedette was a direct cut and paste from a story that appeared on Friday and was updated today at 12:10. “Today” the updated story is reporting that he’s not exactly on board here and is taking a wait and see approach). That’s a bit of a sad turn for someone that was apparently talking sense yesterday but hey, even today his mind is at least still open. That’s a rarely found commodity from most folks we’ve been hearing from within the GOP/Tea Party. I’ll still salute the man for that!

    So as usual Paul LePage has taken a stand against the Democratic leadership, Republican leadership and the citizens of Maine. Step aside Paulie, some of us (State Leaders and the majority of citizens/voters) are ready to go to work without any assistance or temper tantrums from you.

    • Tyke

      With half his one and only term already over LePage still has no clue how or why government works.

      • StillRelaxin

        As he tells it, he sees his only role in government to be as an “agitator” of the public. Leadership is difficult, it’s not surprising that someone who is so clearly incapable would attempt to redefine it’s purpose to be little more than being a pain in what Paulie wants many of us to kiss. Instead of kisses all he’s getting is pointy boots. Sadly for Maine and Mainers it appears that he actually likes being kicked on the backside.

        • Anonymous

          and he actual think agitating is governing .PS it isn’t .

        • Anonymous

          · Here are some facts.

          Canada – run by Conservatives – Universal Health Care

          Britain – run by Conservatives – Universal Health Care

          France – until recently run by Conservatives – Universal Health Care

          Germany – run by Conservatives – Universal Health Care

          Here’s a statement from the British Conservative Party website:

          “We are committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use and available to everyone based on need, not the ability to pay.”

          http://www.conservatives.com/P

          And this from the Canadian Conservative Party Platform:

          “Stephen Harper’s Government is committed to a universal public
          health care system and the Canada Health Act,”

          http://www.conservative.ca/med

          Universal Health Care isn’t Socialist or even Liberal, it’s just civilized.

          There is only one major political party in the world that opposes universal healthcare, the far right wing G.O.P. Until recently even they supported Romneycare.

          According to Republican critics, we can afford a military that is larger and more expensive than the ten (10) next largest militaries combined, but we can’t afford to take care of our fellow Americans as well as Canada takes care of Canadians, Britain takes care of the British, France take cares of the French, Germany takes care of Germans, Denmark takes care of Danes, Norway takes care of Norwegians, Sweden takes care of Swedes, Finland takes care of Finns, Australia takes care of Australians, New Zealand takes care of New Zealanders, and on and on

          Even Senate Republican Leader McConnell says Obamacare will not be repealed.

          http://2012.talkingpointsmemo….

          It’s time to get over it and move on.

          • Anonymous

            Applause – and standing O for a great comment.

            Yessah

          • Anonymous

            There is only one problem, other countries have conservatives, we have mindless, right wing clowns who call themselves conservative.

          • Anonymous

            Amen to that.

      • Anonymous

        neither do his “advisors ” but they aren’t paid and weren’t elected to govern .

      • Anonymous

        He thinks government and boardroom bluster is one in the same.

    • Emmaline Greensward

      Fredette said he would wait and see. He didn’t say it was a good idea.

      • Thank you, Emmaline.

      • StillRelaxin

        http://www.kjonline.com/news/LePage-puts-foot-down-on-health-care-reforms-.html

        That is what the story says “now”. Please note though that the story is from yesterday (16th) and it was updated today (17th) at 12:10 AM. I used the quote yesterday and here today because that was indeed exactly what had been reported and printed. All I did was cut and paste a reported quote. My guess is that since yesterday Mr. Fredette has changed his mind (or others have done so for him) or felt he had been misquoted (always possible with reporters) by the Press Hearld and requested that they update the story to better reflect what he thinks as of “today.” I hope this clears things up.

    • Anonymous

      Well said, in fact, Maine Legislature might be doing many, many new things in the future…”despite” what Paulytics wants:)

    • Here’s what Fredette ACTUALLY said, as opposed to the stuff you made up, above.

      ————————

      http://www.pressherald.com/news/LePage-puts-foot-down-on-health-care-reforms-.html?pageType=mobile&id=1

      “Incoming Republican House leader Rep. Kenneth Fredette of Newport saidhe expects Democrats to submit bills advocating for a state-based
      exchange and that Republicans would evaluate each one.

      When asked if he supported a state-based exchange, Fredette said he wasn’t opposed to one, but couldn’t definitively say he would support one without first seeing the details.”

      ——————–

      Do you always just make it up as you go along?

      • StillRelaxin

        http://www.kjonline.com/news/LePage-puts-foot-down-on-health-care-reforms-.html
        That is in fact what “now” appears on this story. It is however not the opinion that appeared when I cut and pasted Mr. Fredette’s “reported” beliefs from that story so I could post a comment yesterday. You may note that that this story first appeared on the 16th and was “updated” at 12:10 AM today. After I had already read it and come to believe that Mr. Fredette was more of a thinking man than you now or the updated version tells me he may be. I forgive you for overreacting here and essentially calling me a liar who makes stuff up. I mean how could you have known what had been reported in the earlier version and you can’t be expected to notice that stories have been altered from their original script. You’re forgiven. Do you have any forgivness in your heart for me?

        • ff you’re in need of “forgiveness” for your false attacks on Maine Republicans and Governor LePage, I’m sure that Democratic Underground has plenty to spare.

          • StillRelaxin

            Still with the false attacks? Wow, you’re a tough one to get through to aren’t you? Like a wall! Not to worry, I’ll keep trying to win ya over with my sweetness and humor. You know what the wise political operatives say, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

          • Anonymous

            Relax, Relaxin, Naran is an infamous PPH Troll who is a natural contrarian, and who is still getting paid by the line from the MHPC. She has no audience now in the PPH since the Republican debacle of 11/6/12, and has apparently moved north in hopes of finding a more sympathetic readership.

          • Anonymous

            She’s a real peach.

          • Anonymous

            the right continuously believes what it wants to believe and when they mispeak OR get heat from their own kind they “revise” what they said, to appease their own kind.

            No freedom of thought allowed with that gang; group think only and that group think seems to “evolve” over time as they back peddle their quotes….OH what lepage meant to say was >>> blah blah blah. How many times have we heard that ??

          • Anonymous

            Not tough to get through to, just a bare faced, unprincipled liar.
            Much like her idol in the Blaine House.
            There is no point debating someone like that, they aren’t interested in having a discussion, if you make a valid point she will just sidestep, repeat her lie, or go away and pester someone else with lies and nonsense.
            A core values Republican, to be sure.

          • Anonymous

            Aw. Still sour from the election results?

        • StillRelaxin

          Guess not! :>(

    • Anonymous

      Federal mandates, yea, fining people without ins. Quite the Dem. leadership. or taking 700, million out of Medicare

      • Anonymous

        SCOTUS ruled it’s a tax.

        Keep peddling that $700 million BS story if it makes you feel better.

      • Anonymous

        look up this history The conservative “think tank” HERITAGE Center was the first to think a Universal mandate for insurance was a grand idea ( for insurers ,in particular ) back in the 90’s( maybe even earlier ) to keep them moochers from NOT buying insurance and paying their “fair share” .YUP the hertitage center was for it before they were agi’n it

        On the other : it is called “effiiciences” and “eliminating duplication of services “..another thing the R”S loved until it was OBAMA who did it.!!!

        PS They count on you having the memory of a gnat or being too young to HAVE a memory of prior events..

    • Anonymous

      Any exchange, whether set up by Obamacare care or the state is going to involve a lot of federal intervention and weaken the state’s options. Besides, the federal regulations to implement Obamacare are not even complete. So far they are very complex, more than anyone can imagine. One thing is now becoming apparent: Obamacare is not just about healthcare. It goes way beyond dealing with healthcare. It’s about turning this country into a socialist state. Hang on to your shirts! Already the estimated cost of Obamacare has risen from 900 billion dollars to three times that amount (2.6 trillion dollars) and is rising. It appears the public has been sold a bill of goods. At what point will we say, “enough is enough” before it is too late to overcome the country’s financial collapse for ideological reasons?

      • Anonymous

        you don’t understand the health insurance exchange concept.

        • Anonymous

          I think I do understand the concept better than most people. With not much choice I even participate in one of them (exchanges)! But tell me, what are the chances 2700 pages of law and perhaps over 100 thousands pages of regulations to implement the Obamacare law will work? The answer is this question is: zero chance. It’s far, far too complicated for the smartest attorneys in the world to comprehend, let alone everybody else. Besides it’s a wholesale power grab the federal government resembling fascism.

          • Anonymous

            “It’s far, far too complicated for the smartest attorneys in the world to comprehend, let alone everybody else.“

            So, just because you don’t understand it … oh never mind.

            Sigh.

          • Anonymous

            I think you over estimate your understanding of Obama care. You are just like a lot of naysayers that don’t want the president to succeed with this. The party of NO, would do, and say anything to try and convince anyone that they can get to listen, that Obama care is dead out of the gate. I’ve got news for you, its not and it will be there for the people that desperately need it. But the fact that you seem to care so much how this comes out is touching.

      • Anonymous

        At what point will we say, “enough is enough ” ? When we wake up and realize that single payer is the only way we will effectively control costs of health care delivery where all will truly have the best health care that money can buy.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a reason the public put the Democrats back in power. And that includes the desire to keep health care as a right, not merely a privilege for those who can afford it. LePage keeps operating as though he still expects someone to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Well, sir, that isn’t going to happen on the first day of Romney’s presidency because there is no such beast as a President Romney, is there?

    • Anonymous

      Romney who?

      • Anonymous

        Boy his party fled from him fast enough didn’t they! Time for the repubs to get rid of the TPers.

        • Anonymous

          Romney fled from the R”s just as quickly .. So let’s see if he ‘contributes” anything now or whether he simply fades back into obscurity…with just as many “has beens”

  • Anonymous

    If the State of Maine agrees to setting up insurance exchanges they will be liable in the future should the federal government not be able to put in their 90%. That is not a risk worth taking. Maine doesn’t have enough money now….what would happen in that event? God knows, you cannot always count on the feds to do what they say they are going to do.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think your argument is very viable. Remember the seat belt law? The feds said states will enact one or will not get federal transportation money. Maine simply refused to enact one. It wasn’t until Maine was notified that it would not be eligible for federal highway funding for it’s failure to produce a seat belt law that one was enacted. “should the federal government not be able to put in their 90%, isn’t really the issue and is simply your excuse not to comply.

      • There is no comparison between the Federal seat belt funding and the ObamaCare health insurance exchange. One is a state-run program, of very little cost. The Health Exchange would be vastly expensive, both to set it up and to run it, thereafter.

        • Jst4Today

          I’d give you a thumbs-up if you hadn’t banned me from seeing your PPH posts :(

          • Narsbars

            She bans anyone that can spell or argue without drooling.

        • Anonymous

          Tell us about the expenses please.

        • Anonymous

          You completely missed my point. The response was addressing a poster’s point; hence, the federal government has, and will, stop federal funding if States do not come into compliance with federal law. Of course political pressure is applied, but financial pressure is used as well. In this case, the federal government has said to the state’s if you do not, or choose not to set up the Health Exchange, then we will do it for you. The point is: The States must comply, one way or another. The set up and 90% of the operating costs are federally funded. Naran, you and your elite conservative web site (only pre-approved bloggers can submit) need to think harder. What good will a federally constructed exchange do for Maine? If we have to have one, and we do, we should be setting it up.

      • Anonymous

        “should the federal government not be able to put in their 90%, isn’t really the issue”

        LOL….and just last summer Obama was threatening to not send out Social Security checks if we didn’t raise the debt ceiling

        the solvency of the federal government and it’s potential negative implications should it not be able to meet its overly generous (completely unrealistic) obligations to our state IS the issue at hand…

        • Anonymous

          That’s politics. He did so in order to get the House leadership to bend. He’s not the only executive (federal or state) to do so. The checks went out, didn’t they? Nice try, but not really.

        • Anonymous

          Obama did not threaten to cut off SS checks – that is false.

          Obama warned of the consequences if the GOP Teahadists did not pass a continuing budget resolution.

          It was the GOP – not Obama – that theatened SS checks.

          Please try to keep up.

          Yessah

    • Anonymous

      If we do nothing we get the federal option.

      If we do something we get that thing AND we get the federal option too.

      There is no risk being taken by any entity other than insurance companies.

      If you think Maine is exposing itself to liability you don’t know what the health exchange concept is about.

      LePage is foolish.

    • Anonymous

      you are full of it .

    • Emmaline Greensward

      Proven over and over the years I’ve been watching. Our state is already broke. Last thing we should do is set up expensive program AND HOPE Feds will pay their share.

      • Anonymous

        Tell us about the expenses.

      • Anonymous

        IF our state is broke , how did they “afford” $400 million in tax cuts? Puzzle me that , would you?? You are peddling a LIE

      • Anonymous

        It is broke because of companies that put workers on Medicaid programs with their public assistance wages. It is broke because of insurance companies that offer no real benefits but charge employers/employees a tidy little sum. How high have your deductibles gotten? How much has your co-pay risen? Medical debt is the #1 reason for personal bankruptcy. With everyone on some insurance plan the costs of Medicaid should go down. That should help to balance things up a bit.

    • Aprilsunshine — bingo.

      • Anonymous

        Go ahead and play Bingo. I’ll look forward to the Maine government to govern.

      • Anonymous

        Tell us about these “vast“ expenses… evidently you can’t because you don’t know anything about them.

        Please stay on the Portland Press Herald.

        What a a hacky uninformed unwanted annoyance. Sheesh!

    • Anonymous

      Repeal the GOP/LePage tax cut to the wealthiest Mainers.

      They don’t need it and the revenue shortfall will be made up.

      Yessah

  • Anonymous

    The next legislative session is going to be very entertaining.Maybe I should be buying stock in popcorn companies.

  • Anonymous

    Lepage is just a man.And now he is a man with out a majority in BOTH houses. He no longer has ANY power .(yup , he will pretend that he does.) He is not “MAINE”

    • Tyke

      Then Governor King once said that, as governor, he had absolutely no independent power without the approval of the legislature except setting the herring catch limit.

      • Anonymous

        And LePage doesn’t know whether to fish or cut bait.

  • Anonymous

    Governor 38% is 100% petulant cry-baby.

    Yessah

  • Anonymous

    Good for them. Governing. That’s what we elected them to do. Are you listening, Governor?

  • Thank God the Governor has veto authority. Why would the state commit non-existent money and staff resources we don’t have, for a Federally-mandated program? How many times have the Feds broken funding promises? No thanks.

    If the Feds want the exchange in Maine, let them set it up, and run it themselves. I support the Governor on this issue.

    • Anonymous

      The federal government gave the State of Maine $6.8 million to set up the exchanges.

      Your dumb governor sent it back.

      Please try to keep up.

      Yessah

      • Anonymous

        actually he sent $5.8 million back after spending $1million of it . ON what ? who knows?? maybe we should find out .

    • notateapartier

      And thank God the legislature has the authority to override the Governor’s veto. With the makeup of the House and Senate after this election, it should be a piece of cake.

      • Good luck with that maneuver. Do let us know, first time it actually happens.

        • notateapartier

          I’m no math wizard, but I can figure out the likelihood of a 2/3’s vote.

    • Anonymous

      Tell us about the expenses please.

    • Anonymous

      veto power is all he’s got And I expect alot of over rides.

      “Why would the state commit non-existent money and staff resources we don’t have, for a Federally-mandated program? 1. because the feds can take away ALL of their money and Maine busineses will be really really mad at lepege if THAT happens. 2 Because it is a GOOD deal for Maine taxpayers and Mainers..3 Because ( the majority of ) Mainers, yup “the people” , WILL demand it.

      R’s ( and LePage) can choose to ignore the message voters sent Nov 6th but it won’t serve them well.—-” People before party , politics and special interest” and all that jazz. was intende to have REAL meaning not just be symbolic. The people have spoken LOUD and clear : they seem to have said they don’t like what the R’s and LePage have been doing.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Governor for taking a stand on this issue. You are an inspiration for all Mainer’s to follow and will always be remembered as the greatest governor Maine has ever or ever will have.

    • notateapartier

      (/sarcasm)?

    • Anonymous

      Paul! Is that you?

      • Tyke

        Not likely. He uses words of more than one syllable and spells them correctly.

    • Anonymous

      Wow! that is a professional class A brown nosing.

      very impressive.

    • Anonymous

      Obviously a very sarcastic response!!

    • Anonymous

      Sarcasm, right?

  • Anonymous

    Ya lets spend more money setting this up to give some more Sate worker’s nothing to do. Just let the feds do it.

    • notateapartier

      I thought you people were for more local government, not simply handing the job over to the federal gov’t for us to have some cookie-cutter plan.

  • notateapartier

    So, now maybe the legislature can actually get some work done without the Governor’s interference.

    • Ben Hutchins

      Or in this case, possibly in spite of it.

    • Anonymous

      Only with enough votes to override a veto, unfortunately.

      • Anonymous

        well the wind has changed , there are still a few rational R’s around .we saw that in the first year , at least I think D’s have the 2/3rd necessary in the senate. It will all depend on the “recount” results. And most I’s and greens will be with the D’s most of the time,. I ,suspect.. The house could be a problem, UNTIL they start hearing from constituents, that is..

  • Anonymous

    Affordable, does that mean, fining those that don’t have insurance

    • Anonymous

      SCOTUS ruled it’s a tax.

    • Anonymous

      You will be offered health insurance. If you decline it, hoping to freeload on the rest of us by going to an ER at our expense instead of paying premiums, you will pay a fine. Sounds fair to me!

  • Anonymous

    Great Leadership…

  • Anonymous

    Access to health insurance does NOT equal access to health care

    • Anonymous

      Maybe not, but it sure helps.

    • Anonymous

      It sure does. People will not wait until they are desperately ill, or dying. Saves money in the long run. It is called “preventative care”.

    • Ben Hutchins

      Being surrounded by air does not technically mean you have to breathe, either, but you’ll find it’s much easier to do so in that situation than if you were immersed in, e.g., concrete.

  • Anonymous

    FARK: ‘Obamacare included provision to allow states to setup their own exchange, liberal states are using it while conservatives states are handing over power to the federal government’

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t that interesting. The ones who want government out of their lives.

      • Anonymous

        It is the Fed’s law. Let them do it and take responsible for the debacle it is sure to be. States sitting up the system allows the feds an easier vehicle to cost shift. Why help the Feds cause financial difficulty for the states.

        Re: Your comment. It is the government involvement no matter what you do. State or federal.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I want government at all levels involved in this. I am quite happy the legislature may take the lead and actually work for the people of Maine rather than for-profit insurance companies. I actually think this was a very clever idea and insurance companies know why and THAT is why they are fighting it. Anyone who believes any of the lies coming out of the market’s mouth either has huge investments in those companies or is easily duped by master manipulators. Maybe just maybe the big guys will not be interested anymore and will make room for innovations that have been waiting in the wings.

  • Juniors Farm

    You Folks in Maine better watch out with a guy like LaPage,he just might be the next Bloomberg,like trying to regulate how many ounces of lobster you can eat….just saying.

    • Ben Hutchins

      Lobster is for export. We can’t afford to eat it ourselves.

  • Anonymous

    Governor, what Governor, we ain’t got-a Governor, there is a totally unqualified, mean, bullying, fella in the Governor’s seat who hates people, poor people, sick and elderly people, kids, and would not lift a finger to makes things better for all.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I get a bit tired of the folks who call the ACA a reach into people’s pockets yet fail to acknowledge that every time someone has a major medical bill they’re unable to pay it’s a reach into MY pocket. Simply put, in the absence of a single payer system, the ACA forces all people to pay health care rather than just those who chose to.

    • Anonymous

      That is because you and I pay for those who choose not to whenever they require medical assistance. I for one do not want to do that anymore. They need to pay their own way.

  • Anonymous

    LePage, if you aren’t going to help, then just get out of the way.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to Governor LePage! One need only open their eyes to see how the medical community in Maine has been decimated in the past few years as a result of the impending shroud of socialized medicine. More than a handful of primary care facilities are now being staffed by physician assistants: and the absence of doctors is conspicuously foreboding. We once were the envy of the world when it came to the quality of health care provided. With one fell swoop of calculated deception, our rights have been usurped by a legion of renegade blaggards who now run roughshod over Americans who get up every day to support their families… and now, by default, the “entitled elite” who avoid work and accept government excess for housing, food and health care.

  • Anonymous

    As long as we, the taxpayers, hold our elected officials accountable for how we will pay for the exchanges and the medicaid cost (10% of how much?), then I have no problem providing health care for the needy. The problem is that we owe our hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars that we can’t pay now. Where will the money come from? Don’t talk about projectes savings, because that never happens. So Democrats – where’s the money? If you can’t fund it don’t talk about it.

    • Anonymous

      well from the $400 million in tax cuts they should never have approved to begin with because we “didn’t have the money,” perhaps?

      $200 million of it goes to the top 10% of Mainers. Eiiminate the change in capital gains in and we will have $200 million to be able to “afford ” a lot of things..

      • Anonymous

        What tax cuts? The sales tax and income tax rates haven’t changed. I paid more in property tax this year as well. Our budgets have gone from 2 billion to 6 billion in a short time. We cannot afford more taxes at any level. Where is all the money coming from? Show me the cuts that will pay for this increased spending. And then I will agree to the idea. I you can’t fund it without a tax increase don’t talk about it. And don’t give me a “we won”response. You won, but you still have to live within a budget or the taxpayers will find a way to take their money elsewhere. Responsibility, please. From : Disqus Subject : [bdn] Re: Maine’s Legislature might set up insurance exchange anyway, despite LePage’s comments prettyfoolish wrote, in response to Ninelake: well from the $400 million in tax cuts they should never have approved because we “didn’t have the money,”perhaps? $200 million go to the richest Link to comment Ninelake wrote: As long as we, the taxpayers, hold our elected officials accountable for how we will pay for the exchanges and the medicaid cost (10% of how much?), then I have no problem providing health care for the needy. The problem is that we owe our hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars that we can’t pay now. Where will the money come from? Don’t talk about projectes savings, because that never happens. So Democrats – where’s the money? If you can’t fund it don’t talk about it. —– Options: Reply with “Like”to like this comment, or respond in the body to post a reply comment. To turn off notifications

      • Anonymous

        What tax cuts? The sales tax and income tax rates haven’t changed. I paid more in property tax this year as well. Our budgets have gone from 2 billion to 6 billion in a short time. We cannot afford more taxes at any level. Where is all the money coming from? Show me the cuts that will pay for this increased spending. And then I will agree to the idea. I you can’t fund it without a tax increase don’t talk about it. And don’t give me a “we won”response. You won, but you still have to live within a budget or the taxpayers will find a way to take their money elsewhere. Responsibility, please. From : Disqus Subject : [bdn] Re: Maine’s Legislature might set up insurance exchange anyway, despite LePage’s comments prettyfoolish wrote, in response to Ninelake: well from the $400 million in tax cuts they should never have approved because we “didn’t have the money,”perhaps? $200 million go to the richest Link to comment Ninelake wrote: As long as we, the taxpayers, hold our elected officials accountable for how we will pay for the exchanges and the medicaid cost (10% of how much?), then I have no problem providing health care for the needy. The problem is that we owe our hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars that we can’t pay now. Where will the money come from? Don’t talk about projectes savings, because that never happens. So Democrats – where’s the money? If you can’t fund it don’t talk about it. —– Options: Reply with “Like”to like this comment, or respond in the body to post a reply comment. To turn off notifications

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure I understand how the Republican’s meddling in anything that has to do with healthcare would be in the interest of anyone in need of lower rates. They’ve had many years to do something about healthcare, and have not, the only word that comes to mind is “obstructionist.” Maybe the governor can issue a couple well placed kiss my butts and get things all squared away?

  • Briney

    Fredette and Rotundo are shining the light of common sense under the dismal dome at Augusta.

    Politics aside – the citizens’ health is more important. Let’s hope remaining members of both parties decide to embrace bi-partisanship as an adult way of addressing serious issues, especially health care.

    The state has been stuck in reverse gear for two long years. Let’s shift into top gear and move ahead. For too long the focus has been on one man – his fouled up ideology, selfishness, and the scorn he holds for the state and its people.

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again. The state getting involved in a
    federal program only to later have to fund it. This belongs to the federal government let them set it up and manage it. Why does everyone think that we as states need to set everything up for the federal government. Remember “pass it and then we will read it”.

  • Anonymous

    It is truly sad to think that a man who can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth speaks for 1.3 million people. He has done nothing but divide this great state since the day he took office. We can only hope that the citizens of Maine have learned a lesson and will right this wrong in 2014. We need someone in the Blaine house who is capable and understands the importance of bringing people together on tough issues, not driving a deep wedge in between them. We need someone who represents ALL the people of Maine, not just those who are approved by MPHC, ALEC, and a couple of trust fund babies in Wisconsin.

    • Ben Hutchins

      Mathematically, he speaks for 494,000 people, and that’s with some generous extrapolation.

  • Anonymous

    Gov. LePage has keen insight. He has made the right decision here and one day soon the reason will be an eye opener for all the nay sayers. He demonstrates a clear mind for future health care laws. Thanks Gov. LePage, I am glad that you have taken a stand on this issue.

    • Guest

      He’s taken a stand but he will fail. His legacy is one of foul mouthed anger directed at the less fortunate.
      They are the easiest of targets for the true bully he is.

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