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  • Anonymous

    Nobrainer, LePage. Lift more than a finger (and one other the the middle digit) and lead. For a change.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that dipstick to help anyone not connected to the Heritage Foundation.

    • Anonymous

      The only time LePage lifts a finger for anything is when it and a few more are wrapped around a fork.

  • Anonymous

    Maine is not alone ,many states have not lifted a finger

  • Anonymous

    Life a finger get stuck with the bill. Let the feds do it.

    In the meantime:
    “rather than letting the law take advantage of us”

    The law passed, that is going to happen anyway. Why help it?

    • Anonymous

      Speak for yourself, we should “help” it.

      • Anonymous

        The law is an Obomblemess.

  • BDN Ombudsman

    $100 million is the estimated yearly cost to run the program in other states who have decided to pay for it themselves. Let me know when the savings start.

  • Anonymous

    Seventeen states have elected to set up state health insurance exchanges. Thirty-three have elected not to. It’s just barely possible this may mean LePage knows a turkey when he sees one.

    • notateapartier

      Turkey or not, LePage cannot “veto” the ACA. By choosin to “not lift a finger”, he is giving the control to someone else. He would be better off letting Maine design their own program, rather than receive a cookie cutter program designed by the federal government.

      • Anonymous

        As I understand it, the state-run exchanges are so tightly controlled by federal regulations that all the states really do is pay for them.

        • Anonymous

          As you understand it, the ACA contains provisions for “death panels”. Try changing the channel from Fox and retune the radio from Rush.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t you folks ever get tired of that meme.

        • Anonymous

          All the more reason to take more control. Note well, Governor.

      • Anonymous

        The notion that you are giving up control is a false one. I am willing to bet the real reason that more than 30 states refuse to sit up their own exchange is the cost and obfuscation. The ACA is a nightmare for the states why should they then assist in the slitting of their own throats.

      • Anonymous

        States aren’t given rights.. States have the last say for what is best for it’self.. The Feds have overstepped their boundries on this one.

    • Anonymous

      ” It’s just barely possible this may mean LePage knows a turkey when he sees one.”

      Since he looks in the mirror every day, i’m skeptical on this claim.

  • Anonymous

    Mr Nale, We cannot choose the essential benefits. HHS has told us we must include their ten essential benefits. They also have told us we can choose only one of the three most popular plans currently being used in our state or one of the top three for Federal employees. Getting us down to one size shoe to fit everybody.. It is typical government thinking. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of ways we could design health care plans for our state, but HHS wants us to choose only one of the most popular ones. Not one, or several that may work for us. They have laid down very limited guidelines so severe that we might as well save the money from setting up their exchanges and hiring staff and let them do it. All the ACA benefits you say we may lose will not be lost because they are in the ACA, the law of the land whether set up by us or the Feds.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is against the ACA. He doesn’t know why, he is just against it. He is patiently waiting for an explanation from the Koch brothers as to why he is against it. He will let us all know as soon as he does. Seems fair enough to me.

  • Anonymous

    States, States formed a union called the United States, The federal Government does’t have any right in dictating what a State shall do.. The supreme court was playing politics and Roberts was extorted or bribed because he knew the federal goverment can’t mandate a contract..
    The federal government has over steped its rights to many times already.. I do not blame states for wanting to get out of a overstepping union.. Just like Russia it will happen here if they don’t get out of a States business.. If we paid all our taxes to the State we would be able to take care of ourselves without the threat of having funds withheld if we don’t obey which so be concidered extortion.. The Federal Government who’s home is on sorverein territory needs to stop there over stepping of the constitution.

  • Julie Pease

    Gov. LePage won’t lift a finger because he knows that the heart of the ACA depends on expanding Medicaid. ACA supporters know that without the Medicaid option, those people will remain uninsured, won’t be able to afford to purchase insurance, and the whole system will remain stressed and dysfunctional and the ACA will fail. To say nothing about the fact that people without insurance die prematurely – one person every 3 days in Maine, in fact. We need Medicare for all. Here’s an interesting incremental option contained within this article: http://www.newmainetimes.org/articles/2012/12/24/smart-money-entitlement-reform/

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