September 16, 2019
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AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate on Thursday approved a supplemental budget for the Department of Health and Human Services, closing the book on more than two months of emotional public hearings, exhaustive work sessions and tense behind-the-scenes negotiating. The Senate vote was 27-8, well above… Read More
  • Anonymous

    It’s about time. Senate Democrats took elderly, disabled and our hospitals hostage last week, nice to see they released them relatively unharmed, but probably a little shaken.

    • Anonymous

      Did you read why they waited to vote for it? Them voting yes was never really in question. New amendments were added late, they didn’t have time to read them. They wanted time, they said they most likely would would vote yes, but they just wanted time to read the changes from the house. 

      • Anonymous

        Sure they did. Whatever helps you sleep at night. Methinks it was more about getting another week’s worth of politics out of the issue at the expense of all the people who would be impacted by failure to pass the budget.

        Yessah!

        • Anonymous

          It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.  – George W. Bush

          • Anonymous

            Best you can do? I’m impressed.

            Yessah!

          • Anonymous

            I don’t believe that you have to be a cow to know what milk
            is.  – 
            Ann Landers

          • Anonymous

            I believe that the far left of the liberal political spectrum thinks the taxpayers are cows to be milked.

            Yessah!

          • Guest

            I think your assumption is wrong!! Most middle class working people don’t care if they pay taxes to keep the country going. It’s the rich, the GOP etc that keep getting all the tax breaks!! That is what is breaking the system down!! Anyone making over 106,000 doesn’t pay into SS. How does that keep this country going? anyone with a business gets a lot of tax breaks because they can mess with their income so it looks like they dont’ have any!!!! These are the folks that are breaking down the system that was put in place to help the indigent folks!!! If the rich paid their fair share of taxes…………….we wouldn’t have any budget issues!!!! Yes, I work! NO I ‘ve never been on welfare.

          • Guest

            How about “You don’t need to be a plumber to know Caca runs downhill”! or one my favs: “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.”
            Hussein Obama 6-20-09

    • Anonymous

       These are the first of many cuts all across the social services sector as this country can no longer afford to give out benefits without priorities.

      • Where did  all the money go?

        LOL

        • Guest

          to the appropriations committee members businesses(23 MILLION) to Nutting(2 MILLION) to the legislaters and their junkets that send them all over the country. Take a look at those entities. I would name a few, but there are too many. Mainecare would make payments to hospitals and dental offices without knowing what they owed them while they were updating their system(twice in the last five years) any overpayments were NEVER recouped because the state didn’t know who and what they owed. Etc…………..lots of mismanagement in someones favor, but obviously not the poor folks. Bring back the JOBS with a LIVABLE wage!!!!

    • Anonymous

      LePage put those people in fear for their very lives and you’re blaming Democrats like they’re the enemy of the poor.

    • StillRelaxin

      “The final budget differs significantly from an initial proposal offered by Gov. Paul LePage late last fall that sought to trim $220 million from the DHHS budget for 2012 and 2013.”

      So this budget isn’t anything like what Paul demanded.  Will he abide by the compromise of others with more communication skills and experience than himself or veto it the moment it hits his desk?  I’m betting on no veto from Paulie.  We all see by now that he’s all hot air and has no backbone in relation to the only convections he can claim that are those provided to him by others.  This will be just one more example of Paul tucking his tail and backing down from others who refused to be bullied.  Thanks Maine State Legislators for all your hard work.  It couldn’t have been easy with no fixed numbers and continued interference from Mr. LePage.

      UPDATED story shows LePage signing this budget. Do I have to say it? I guess so, I told you so! He’s nothing but a blowhard with no real convictions. Take note legislators.

      • jimbobhol

        YAWN!!!!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          yawn all you wish,    if the governor does the same he will do what he does best,   and that’s put his foot in.

      • Guest

        I think what you are speaking of is called compromise isn’t it? What some here have been harping about all this time. You’re either happy or you aint.

      • Anonymous

        This is just the beginning.
        Next budget will get the state much closer to where it must be.
        Welfae will be unnecessary soon for those of able body because there will be jobs!
        Work + Income = Prosperity for healthy-ambitious people.
         If the shoe fits, don’t come looking for handouts.

        • Anonymous

           You think there will be plenty of good paying jobs available soon? Fairy Tales do come true, they do, they do, they do…

        • Anonymous

          I suggest you hold your breath waiting for jobs.

        • Guest

          let me know where the LIVABLE wage jobs are……I want to work more than two days a week!!

        • Anonymous

          Keep on dreamin!!!

        • Anonymous

          This does nothing to save money.  It just pushes the cost off on hospitals and other social services programs while causing more misery for people already living in misery.

      •  I guess that you forgot to read the article, as usual.  He already signed it.

        • StillRelaxin

          Nope, it seems to be you that isn’t paying attention or of course you may just be attempting to again present misleading infomation to others to gain sympathy for your unpopular way of thinking (Much like LePage…veryyyyy interesting). Note the story was last modified at 6:51 Pm. Would you like to apologize? Note, I’m taking measure of your worth as an honest commenter here.

          •  Sure, I didn’t realize that you were working with only some of the facts.  I also noted your edit to include the fact that LePage signed the deal although even that seems to irritate you.  Every once in a while its okay to acknowledge that the man you love to hate does the right thing.

          • StillRelaxin

            Thanks for the “response” (Apology?) it helps me to better judge your character. Paul’s signing clearly does not irritate me in the least. I’m happy that the budget passed. In these economic times cuts would have been made no matter who was running government. Mr. LePage didn’t get anywhere near what he demanded. I’m very happy with that as well. In the end Paul also capitulated to the compromise of the legislature. Yep, that’s a good thing as well. Let’s hope it continues. Now what was it that Paul did that you liked?

      • Anonymous

        Hm do you really want the legislators take notice. Do you know that must of the legislators are Real Estate agents 1 in Brewer and 1 in Bangor, 1 is in Newport and it goes on. You really don’t want them to take notice.  Most of the legislators think most of us are worthless and the ones I know are really not people persons. All they are looking for are free rides that the government gives to them as Legislators, Law makers.

      • Anonymous

        He knows exactly what he’s doing and got just what he wanted. Do you think that he didn’t know the liberals would try to chisel away the changes? Of course he would go for more than he would accept in the end to let the liberals feel like they got something.
        The next round will chisel away even more until it ends up where it should be. He’s a poker player.

    • Anonymous

       Nothing was held hostage.  There were last minute amendments to the bill, and Senators didn’t have a chance to review them.  The bill was delayed a few days for this consideration.  It was always going to pass and has.  Want to see things being held hostage?  Try the looney tooney right wingers in Congress holding up anything and everything under the bleeding sun, even things that are routine and things the GOP used to be in favor of.

  • Anonymous

    Now it’s time for the governor to make a decision.  He will howl and stomp, rant and rave,   but I  certainly hope he puts his Tea Party pride in his back pocket and sign the damned thing.   If he doesn’t then look out,  there’s going to be many unhappy legislative campers at the State House.  My guess is that he doesn’t really have a choice.

    • Anonymous

      My guess is that he is quite pleased to get Maine Democrats to broadly support reining in welfare spending. They never would have done it without him.

      Yessah!

      • Anonymous

        Never would have done it without him?   The only thing he did was tell them something in December that should have been revealed last summer!    That, and demonstrate just how ineffective his methods are, and his ability to upset legislative processes and how to enrage even your own political party.    Yea,   gee,    thanks for that Penguin.

        • Anonymous

          Ineffective? You call bringing Maine’s welfare state under control and getting the likes of Peggy Rotundo and Emily Cain to vote to do it ineffective? Keep spouting, you’re losing credibility by the second.

          Yessah!

          • Anonymous

            If you call intentionally misquoting a nationally known financial publication, and the stating falsehoods to a group of citizens which resulted in that publication offering an adverse response effective, then there are many more capable to do the job without all of the drama.   If you call withholding the status of DHHS from the appropriate legislative leaders and committee’s for more than 10 months as preemptive and causing chaos is good government, then I feel sorry for you.   If you think that threatening other equally as crucial service budgets (education) as bargaining chips,  then I find that repulsive.

            The fact of the matter is:  If these legislator’s would have known about this much earlier, all of it could have been scrutinized much more closely and thoroughly.  The Legislature shouldn’t have had to seek the Finance office’s services for getting the real numbers.   

            If you want to claim accolades for that, go ahead.    I hope he veto’s it.

          • Anonymous

            thew false part is the able people who use the system for a living!!

          • Anonymous

            Businesses wouldn’t be in business without consumers,   you wouldn’t have a job without some sort of income viable business,  consumers involve all of us, poor, middle class (what’s left of it) as well as wealthy,  everyone is a consumer.

            You certainly don’t mind cashing your paycheck,  even though you perhaps work at a business that sells retail to a family that, say, receives foods stamps, but got their income tax back and bought something nice for themselves.

            It’s not your money,    it’s not even your .01 cent  it’s what every has to pay.

          • Whose money is it

          • Anonymous

            It’s not yours, and it’s not mine.    It’s the state’s.   And the state has this little thing called government, which involves 3 branches to best determine how to utilize it.    You and I get to vote and participate.

          • Anonymous

            Where did the state get the money from in the first place….in order to “determine how to utilize it”?

          • Anonymous

            It’s life,   it’s how it works,  and it’s a silly question.   That’s like me asking you who paid your employer so he could give you a paycheck.    You make it sound like it’s your money,  it’s not anyone’s money;  it’s used to run the state and it’s going to be used by those who are entrusted with it.

          • Anonymous

            Are you telling every taxpayer in Maine that under every government owned building in Maine little government elves industriously make products in cavernous underground roots which they then secretively export to international markets in order to earn money for big-government distribution in Augusta? If not, how does the state make the money it wants to give fairly to everyone?

          • Anonymous

            Your statements about money sound a lot like Karl Marx and Lenin’s ‘property is theft’ socialism. Quite scary.

          • Anonymous

             Maine’s welfare state is far from under control.

        • Guest

          Sounds like a pretty smart strategy! It worked didn’t it?

          • Anonymous

            I don’t typically use the words LePage and smart in the same sentence.   It wasn’t a very well thought out strategy,  we are lucky that we had responsible legislators.

          • Guest

            Lol You so right, God bless those dang republicans!

          • Anonymous

            Well he obviously threatened a veto twice since the committee got the bill,   and prior to that he threatened school funding and nursing homes…..?    Who was desperate and who was not?     Who were more reliable and who wasn’t?     You do know that the committee and eventually the legislature could have forced him to back off further?  You do know that right?

          • Guest

            You are absolutely 100% proof positively correct. Just can’t get anything past you boys can I?

          • Anonymous

            Nope,    but keep trying.    I find it amusing;  almost as amusing as your last caucus.

          • Proving the theory that you really don’t have to be that smart to outsmart democrats.

          •  LePage is the smartest governor that Maine has had in a long time.  You don’t define smart by partisan politics rus, sorry to have to correct you.

          • Anonymous

            Well, then I guess I’ll apply a Marden’s and hopefully I’ll get a job as governor.       Smartest governor we have ever had???     LOL…..omg.     

            You don’t ever define “partisan” politics  4LIFE,    partisan politics is what it is…..it’s partisan.      

            You define politics as it relates to governing as effectual and compromising as your ideals your constituency allows.   You have to understand that you will never, ever win all of the arguments and votes.   And one other thing,  in state politics,  if you know you have someone beat, and you have the votes;  it’s best if you can to give them a way out politically, because there will be a day when you will need the favor yourself.

            That’s politics.

          • Anonymous

             I hardly think LePage and “smart” can be used in the same sentence.

    • Anonymous

      Much more to do with getting your hands out of our pockets than anything to do with pride.  Somewhere along the line you liberals started thinking you had a right to our money.

      • Anonymous

        So,  even though the we are talking about here is .36 cents on the dollar, .36 cents we would have lost if LePage had his proposal passed, and the feds didn’t grant the waiver.   

        What makes you think that the .36 cents is YOUR money?  Saying that,  what makes you think you can take “our” money and hide it under the mattress and give it away to the chosen few businesses?,   and even by landfills for their use?

        • Anonymous

          You let me keep my money and do what I wish to do with it and I’ll grant you the same privelage.  I don’t care if it is .1 on the dollar.  You and your charity cases already take too much of my dollar while they contribute nothing.

        •  Wait, the feds granted the waiver, even after Mrs Sussman said it would never happen?

          • Anonymous

               And if they would have,  it certainly wasn’t based on his budget.       She already told him that it wasn’t going to happen,   she told the committee it wasn’t going to happen in a letter,    he did nothing!   The committee did the work here.

      • Anonymous

        No It Might Have More To Do With The GOP trying to tell us all what is right and what is wrong, give it up. The same day voter legislation wrecked the Rebublican party in Maine for a long time to come.

        • Anonymous

          Attempts to change the subject won’t help you but if you think that losing one issue to your liberal media will stop us you are sadly mistaken.  Every day the people of Maine get to see the welfare State you have created here and the BDN can only help you hide so much of the damage.  You are creating more conservatives every day with the system you put in place over the last 40 years.  We will bring it all down.

      • Guest

        You’re a selfish, indigent people hater!! That money that is called a tax…………allows you to live in this country and contribute to the cause. You are obviously one of the GOP lovers and GREEDY. Your taxes aren’t “your money.”

        • Anonymous

          I am not a selfish people hater.  I give as I choose to people I feel are needy.  When you propose to take MY money to give to people YOU feel need it and then justify it by calling it a tax the same as the joint money we use to spend to fix roads we both use that is wrong.
          Like it or not, it is my money that I worked for and I should not have to give it to be used for issues I do not agree with.  Maybe I feel you should be “taxed” to buy people who are addicted to porn free computers.  Should I be able to TAKE your money for that purpose or will YOU then complain about the use of YOUR tax dollars?

    • Anonymous

      do you think he will howl , stomp rant& rave as much as you and your liberal friends already have? I doubt it

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think any member’s of the legislature, and I’ll emphasize ANY members of the legislature howled, stomped, ranted or raved…….they didn’t have time, nor were they interested in getting their own way.   They were interested in serving their constituents and their state,  unlike someone else.   Who also lied, threatened, threatened again and just yesterday complained…….but ended up signing the budget anyway.       Who won?    The Legislator’s won,  because they stood up to him……finally.    And now that they have,  they will do more of it,  they have elections coming up.

    • Rus, you’re far more right than you realize. Paulie had both barrel’s looking at him dead in the eye. On the one hand he had the Fed’s HHS folks looking at him, up close and personal. His threat to seize the DOE’s budget, which is largely Fed anyway, is v-e-r-y close to an abuse of authority charge. That he openly said he was going to do it, unless he got his way with the HHS Budget, which again is largely Fed., more than met the criteria for the Justice Dept. to come in and start looking into EVERY part of his Administration. Given the Penguin’s recent antic’s, how long did Paulie think it was going to take before that blew up in his face ? And once that all came to light, well, does anyone really think the Fed’s are going to stop ?

      The other barrel he had to deal with is the very real fact that there are more than a few folks who were looking at the HHS Budget threat as a cause for action in an impeachment. Paulie goes out and openly tells everyone that he’s going to illegally seize the DOE Budget simply because he’s not happy was seen as more than ample cause to start the process. This alone is going to require the Governor to start making political move’s that are going to windup hurting the State. Now the whole mess starts to feed on itself. Impeachment, once started as we all saw with Clinton, has to go the distance if the Government is to retain the public’s trust and confidence. To date, as we’ve all seen recently, Maine’s State Government hasn’t been doing to well. Now that this HHS Budget issue is settled, for the most part, maybe Augusta can get back on track and start working on the business and jobs issue.

  • Anonymous

    This is just a budget, I would like to know what the line item variances of budget from actual expenses are. That’s what has the real meaning. 

  • just hope lepage vetos it so the welfare gets mor cuts cause to many people take advantage of it..

    • Anonymous

      How fortunate for governments that the people they
      administer don’t think.   – Adolf Hitler 

      • Anonymous

        Best you can do? I’m impressed.

        So far you’ve quoted Hitler and George W. Bush on this thread and you’ve added nothing to the conversation..

        Yessah!

        • Anonymous

          They are one in the same.  Don’tyaknow!

          And besides YOUR opinion is the only one that matters.  
          Yessah!  Yessah!  Yessah!  Yessah!  Yessah!  Yessah!  Yessah!  Yessah!  Yessah!

          I’m also concerned. I’m concerned that Dorothea Dix let you get away.

          • Anonymous

            Well, you added a personal insult to the conversation.

            My guess: You’re just staking out a claim on these posts so when the Maine Democratic party puts out their talking points telling you what to think you’ll be ready to enter the fray.

            Yessah!

          • Anonymous

            Wait til all these folks who have been kicked off Mainecare show up at the emergency room, then we pay twice as much.

          • Guest

            Hey uncle remember this one?  “My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”
            – Barack Obama

        • Anonymous

           UnclePaul12 has added history, perspective, and you are only blind because you choose to be blind.

    • Anonymous

      If  Lepage vetos Maincare stays the Same, LOL!!

      • Guest

        You telling me you understood him? Damn you’re sharp.

  • CG

    Looks like mainers want more taxes

    • Anonymous

      Just stop LePage’s plan to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

      • Anonymous

        There are no wealthy left, they were driven out by Baldacci  and 40 years of Democrat Corruption

        • Anonymous

          Le Page spent a million of his own money to be governor if that is not wealthy what is?

  • Guest

    ….

    • Anonymous

       Yep, but at the same time I nor my wife can expect others to flip the bill for our healthcare.  When this goes into effect in October, she and I will lose our coverage, and I’d be ok with that if I thought it would make any difference, but it won’t.  The state will still waste it’s dollars, and those that abuse and misuse the system will continue to be able to do so.  WE the working poor, are the ones that will be effect most by this, you are right.

      • Anonymous

        This is going to be difficult for everyone in situations similar to yours but there will be plenty more difficulty for plenty of others too.

        I am aware of middle classers who have been seeking permanent employment for a very long time now. Temporary jobs provide income for food and gas an other bills to the extent they can as long as the positions last  but I suspect these people have had no health insurance at all since their last steady income as temp agencies usually do not offer any.  It’s particularly heartwrentching in these cases because the middle class values they have always lived their lives by oftentimes include a pride-reluctance to seek assistance even if they qualify. These people have been silently sacrificing all along but the time has come for everyone else to sacrifice too. Those truly in need should be prioritized for assistance but unlike ultimate military sacrifice, the rest of us will get out of this with our lives somehow. 

        I hear you as you cynically speak of governmentally abused tax money and agree that we have almost no reason to believe let alone hope that politicians will all of a sudden grow a set of ethics. What can we do as individuals to help get our economy back on track?

        • Guest

          People without healthcare should start looking at their health and implement PREVENTION. I’ve worked since age 15, no healthcare for the last seven years. I make damn sure what I put in my pie hole is fairly healthy, excercise, utilize and pay for prevention services …medical and dental!!! Hopefully I don’t have any big heart attact etc or the hospital will be getting $50 month for the rest of my life, that’s still cheaper than health insurance. If I get denied care when needed and I die………….guess I won’t care when I’m dead. I refuse to let the pharmaceutical/government/health insurance companies dictate how long I work/where I work and how I LIVE my life!! Some folks could be healthier and get off half their pills too. Just saying……………

          • Anonymous

            People without healthcare have probably been looking at their health and implementing prevention for quite a long time, just as you have done. However, others presently without healthcare coverage may be more driven than you to push reforms which will restore the coverage they lost as a result of all the decades of progressive elitism directed at job producing private enterprise. 

  • Anonymous

    I applied for ssdi in 1991. The SSA medical exam determined DISABILITY, yet I am not receiving this legal entitlement. The Dept of VA rates me as a 100% “SERVICE-Connected” DISABLED American veteran, and yet they delay awarding an Earl;ier Effective date consistent with my SERVICE dates & the onset of my disabilities (1987 is when the DoD injected me with harmful experimental vaccines, without Disclosure & without Informed Consent, contrary to the rule of law). Where is the Oversight ? Accountability ?  Where is the Iowa delegation ?  I wrote extensively. Congressman Jim Leach was too busy co-authoring the CITIBANK RELIEF ACT, 1999, which unleashed the predatory bankers on US by removing the safe guards put in place by the Glass-Steagall Act.  The CITIBANK RELIEF ACT aka Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act CAUSED the current Housing / Mortgage crisis we are suffering.  CONgress has traded our civil rights and our Constitution for a CONtribution from special corporate interests.  The American Judicial system and executive offices are a COMEDY OF ERRORS or a TRAGEDY with FRAUDS ACTING under color of law.  Google: Kenneth Tennant, read The Knock On The Door by David Lindorff to see how this tyrranical regime uses agents from Homeland Security to intimidate US into silence.  You Tube: 20 Lies Every American Should Know,  Dr. Carley on VACCINES being WMDs and  Ron Paul Revolution trailer to 2013 film The UpRising…- Kenneth Tennant, 3935 Rolling Hills Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa (563) 355-7073

  • Anonymous

    • pbmann

      Must be getting paid by the post and had to make his quota

      • Anonymous

        no I couldn’t find an option to delete that post that got saved….it was a post that had one letter “s” which the site wouldn’t let me remove.  Thank you for the ignorant comment though :)

  • Anonymous

    So now that they have reduced the eligibility threshold for parents of children (household size of 4) on MaineCare from 200 percent ($46,100) of the federal poverty level to 133 percent ($30,657) my wife and I will both no longer be covered by MaineCare as of October 1st.  Our combined income is roughly $42,000 a year.  I work at a pretty good job but can’t afford the insurance (over $250 per/wk to get the insurance), and she works at a part-time job so that we can avoid daycare costs and so that I can keep my full time job (they don’t offer her any insurance of course being part-time and it being a convenience store).  We are the working poor, we are the middle class, and NO we do not feel as though others should flip the bill for our healthcare if we get sick, etc…and I completely understand that this will help some of the states budgeting problems, it will also get us in line with the other states in the US.  I only hope that if something should arise we may be able to qualify for a payment plan or something.  Aside from MaineCare, we did not get any other assistance.  I do hope that this helps the state get back on track, but I doubt it will…there is too much other wasteful spending, etc..going on.

    • It is sad that there are so many individuals scamming the system for assistance that people like you have to take the hit. My heart goes out to you. I pray that there will be some justice to those who have lived for so long on the dollar of the citizens of the State of Maine. I hope they get whats coming to them. Its becuase of them that working people like yourself cannot get assistance.

      • Anonymous

        We should realize too that this scamming is happening at both the bottom AND the top.

        • Guest

          a lot more at the top than at the bottom

      • Anonymous

        the people who are scamming the system are the rich, they need to step up and pay their fair share, trickle down economics is a joke.

        • Guest

          You are absolutely correct. The Rich have the money to divert the focus to the POOR. Very sad state of affairs in the good old USA…………..third world country

    • Anonymous

      Some of us feel for you, some of us do not, you should check Dirigo health, and they used to have a thing called cub care for kids.  

      • Anonymous

        I don’t and didn’t really ask you to “feel” for me as you put it.  I was simply explaining a scenario many will face that are not bottom of the barrel bottom feeders like you may be thinking.  I make pretty good money, and I don’t expect others to pay for me and my family to get MaineCare assistance.  We use to qualify for it, and we won’t as of October.  I won’t be one of those “lets have another kid so we will continue to qualify” or “request less pay or hours” so we could continue to qualify, etc…some people, some morally and ethically wrong people will do that.  Private insurance is ridiculously expensive for me to pick up, there would be no way for me to afford paying the over $250 per/wk to pick it up… but I’ll check into that Dirigo Health that you mentioned. 

    • Anonymous

       I may annoy some people by saying this, but a year or so ago I had no insurance and I had a hospital bill.  The hospital (Waldo County General Hospital) had a program for low income uninsured people that covered my hospital bill.  I don’t know where you live, but you should check with your local hospital to see if they have some type of low income program.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t find that annoying at all, and I think you are right, many hospitals I am sure will be willing to work out payment arrangements should something arise, etc. :)

        I think it’s somewhat weird that addicts, and other people defrauding the system will get to keep their coverage though because they choose not to work, know what I mean? lol I mean the ones who legitimately try to make it, and become successful are the ones that get the axe while others will continue to be lazy etc and continue to get assistance lol

        • Guest

          why would you bring addicts into this…………like they are all on welfare?  No I don’t abuse drugs………that’s a hateful statement. Most people don’t chose to “not work.” Put a list on here for LIVABLE wage jobs and help those unemployed out!!!

          • Anonymous

            Why would I? simply because addicts DO abuse the system and from what I’ve seen a lot of them are on welfare.  No, not all of them, but a lot of them.  My comment is a hateful statement because there is truth in it?  I am not talking about the truly disabled people, I am talking about the people dumping water bottles out to return them for a nickel so they can buy smokes, or the people taking Suboxone being paid for by MaineCare and yet continue to do drugs etc..

            I agree we do need more jobs. 

      • Guest

        I work, uninsured and have NEVER qualified for this assistance. I obviously make a livable wage, but that doesn’t always mean that my bills are within reach of my budget. No assistance here. I paid for my mammogram, colonostomy, prevention visits, medications and broken leg. The low income, poor etc can get assistance……….the what use to be working middle class can’t. That is the issue at hand most of the time. Not complaining, just making a statement.

        • Anonymous

           I hear you.  I’ve been there myself more than once.  It’s hard to pay for medical treatment out of your own pocket especially when you are presented with an outrageous bill to begin with.  A hospital charging $10.00 for a Tylenol is just plain robbery, let alone what they charge for other services.

          Health care in America should be a right, not a privilege.  No one should be in a position where health insurance is mostly unattainable due to rates that are so high the average working Joe can’t afford it.

          If we EVER get a president and/or a congress that has the berries to actually do something about overinflated health care costs, and put the kibosh on insurance company monopolies, maybe then Americans would be able to to get a fair deal when dealing with health care expenses.  It’s an outrage when this issue is allowed to continue in our country.

  • Anonymous

    I wanted to read what LePage has to say about this version of the budget. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure LePage will be happy.  Now he can veto it as he’s threatened time and again.

    • Anonymous

      Update: I see LePage wimped out on his threats of a veto.  All bluster as usual.

  • Anonymous

    The real question here is; “Will it pass the Paul Lepage “litmus” test? Or, did the Augusta group waste time again!

  • Jon

    “The Republican pursuit of eliminating people’s health care has been a distraction from the laser focus that is needed to reinvigorate jobs and the economy in our state.”

    We’re still waiting for job creation ideas from the Ds other than more state spending. Meanwhile, Rs have been cutting red tape, cutting taxes, creating business ombudsman and advocate positions, lowering health insurance costs, and much more.

    • pbmann

      And where are all the jobs that these ‘job creation ideas’ supposedly created?

      • Anonymous

        Cianbro–150 jobs; Carbonite–100 jobs…there’s a few of them.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the outrage? Where is Paulies veto? This was just a bunch of LiePages B.S. and nothing more.  

    • Anonymous

      Why veto something when the legislature clearly has the votes to override?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wrap my head around the fact that childless people will be completely cut off but people with children will not.  Why do they rate higher than the childless?  So we are still going to pay for pregnancies and all that it encompasses so there can be another child born to parents who can’t afford it and for MaineCare ( and other welfare benefits) to cover.

    Gee..I wonder what a non categorical could do to get MaineCare in the future?  Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, if they are going to do it, do it right and do it across the board.  By doing it this way, those that want to be lazy and abuse the system are still able to do so.

    • Anonymous

      It’s ridiculous to suggest that people will get pregnant just to get health insurance. Even with health insurance, the cost of raising a child for 18 years is prohibitive if you are not financially stable. Not to mention all the other considerations that come with parenthood. You have to change those diapers, feed that baby, wash and dress him, supervise him, rock him at night when he is colicky, wipe his nose, clean his ears–parenthood is really not for the lazy. You can’t go party all night if you have a child to care for.

      Which is also why they allow coverage for parents, and are limiting it for childless adults. The assumption is that there is no reason a childless adult cannot work to support him/herself. Whereas parents might have difficulty finding work, and coordinating childcare.

      I know, I know….I hear the screams: well you shouldn’t have children if you can’t afford them! And in a perfect world, we wouldn’t. But sex is fun, sex is easy, and sex may result in a pregnancy sooner or later even if you are careful.

      • Anonymous

        What IS ridiculous is your assumption that every welfare baby is an accident. 

        Do you  seriously think that there’s not going to be people deciding to have a
        child so they can get MaineCare and other welfare benefits?  I don’t know where you’ve been, but IT’S BEEN HAPPENING FOR YEARS.  Cutting off benefits for (non-disabled) childless adults but not ALL adults is not going to improve things much.  If somebody wants their MaineCare back, they’re going to find a way to make that happen whether you think so or not.

        I don’t have a problem with children getting MaineCare coverage, but completely cutting off the low income childless adults and yet continuing coverage for parents is UNFAIR.

        MaineCare coverage should be for children, the disabled, and the elderly PERIOD!

      • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    it is about time cut cut!!!!!!!!!!!!! More More!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Funny that the reporter failed to mention that part of this clever little scheme involves the state in effect, “borrowing money from itself”.  60 million is going to be borrowed from the next fiscal year, on the last day of this fiscal year, to help fill in this huge hole. That in effect will start the DHHS budget off in the next fiscal year, with 60million less to work with than budgeted.

    How is “borrowing from next year” any long term solution to a budget problem?

    The short answer is that it is NOT a solution. We will be facing an even larger deficit in a few months.

    We have a legislature full of “whiz kids” these days.

    The people of Maine deserve a good long term solution to this perennial problem, both for the benefit of the truly needy, as well as for the benefit of those who pay the bills.

    Won’t get it from the present crowd, who care only about winning their next election.

  • Anonymous

     “Democrats feel strongly that this budget does not reflect Maine values. It’s time to put this behind us and refocus our efforts on the issues that matter most to Maine people, like how to get people back to work and a few more dollars in their pockets.”
    said Assistant Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond of Portland, who voted against the bill.  YOU ARE THE MINORITY!!!   GO PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Look! You can’t smoke pot, drink coffee brandy, work 40 hours a month and expect to be successful. There are a good number of folks who in their 20’s and 30’s seek work and jobs that provide them with the opportunity to hunt, fish, ice fish, and walk around the Mall. Then they hit their 40’s and want what the Guy and Gal who have been grinding it out for twenty years have. So then it’s I need help with food, fuel medical etc. Take a job out of State if things are that bad… look elsewhere. Sad to say but we have a generation of whiner’s who make excuses for not working.

  • Anonymous

    Justin Alfond is Maine’s version of Massachusett’s Kennedys. Talk about helping the poor when their only aim is to enslave the poor to them. What a hack.

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