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Four Reasons Maine Needs to Reform Unfunded Government Employee Pensions
There is no doubt – unfunded government employee pensions are bankrupting our future.  Without reform, Maine families face crumbling roads, failing schools, a broken health care safety net, and even higher taxes.Next fiscal year, without the reasonable reforms in the budget, the increase in the u ...
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

If success is judged by the reaction of your competitors, The Maine Heritage Policy Center is even more effective than I thought.In a MainePolitics.net blog posted yesterday, Maine People’s Alliance’s former health care organizer rants about the impact MHPC has had over the last year in making s ...
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Maine DHHS Opens the Data Black Box

Maine DHHS Opens the Data Black Box

Yesterday, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced that they are opening the black box and making data available and accessible to the public through a new dashboard.  Finally!Even the Portland Press Herald reporter John Richardson has written about how DHHS refuses to supply ba ...
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Senator Collins Honors Us with Angel in Adoption Recognition

Senator Collins Honors Us with Angel in Adoption Recognition

Last week, my wife Anna and I were honored to be in Washington, DC to accept an Angel in Adoption recognition from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.  From their website, CCAI explains that their Angels in Adoption™ program "provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an ...
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More On Welfare Than Are Low-Income – How’s That?

More On Welfare Than Are Low-Income – How’s That?

Our Fixing the System: Freeing Maine Families from Welfare Dependency report, which we released on September 9, continues to get much attention.  Thousands have visited our FixWelfare.com Web site to learn more about how many are trapped in poverty in their own towns and communities and what they c ...
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ObamaCare Admits How Expensive Maine Health Insurance Is
Today, the Obama administration updated its Healthcare.gov website with health insurance premium (price) information.  I decided to check out the premium information for Maine, as I had been reading how Governor Baldacci, Obama's top health reform official, and even Maine's own Insurance Superinten ...
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Fix The System – Freeing Maine Families From Welfare Dependency
            The legacy of Governor John Baldacci is this:a massive expansion of the number of people trapped in Maine’s welfare systema massive explosion in public welfare spending in Maineno change in Maine's poverty rateMaine’s welfare system undermines hard work and traps parents and ch ...
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Maine Dems: Dirigo “Inspiration” for ObamaCare, Yet Dirigo Spends $10.4k per Uninsured Covered
In case you missed it, former Virginia Governor and current Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Kaine keynoted the Maine Democratic Party's convention this past weekend.  According to a Kennebec Journal story, Kaine "praised Maine’s health care plan, Dirigo Health, as an inspiration for fe ...
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ObamaCare Mandates up to 60,000 Person Maine Medicaid Expansion
Today, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report estimating that ObamaCare will force a 43,500 to 59,500 person Medicaid expansion in Maine.  This is on top of the current 290,779 people already on Maine Medicaid (about 22% of the population).The Kaiser report estimates that this expansion wil ...
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Health Savings Accounts in Maine up 144% in Just 2 Years
According to a report released today, 10 million Americans have Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)!These lower premium, higher deductible private health insurance plans allow individuals to pay lower premiums in exchange for a larger up front deductible - on average a deductible of $2,300 for an individ ...
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