Today, the state Senate voted on a party line vote of 20-15 to pass the minority report of LD 1305.Legislative Document 1305, “An Act To Encourage Health Insurance Consumers To Comparison Shop for Health Care Procedures and Treatment,” is sponsored by Senator Rod Whittemore.If you’ve been payi ...
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LD 1492: More Is Said Than Done

Last week, Governor Paul LePage delivered a letter to the 127th Legislature vetoing LD 1492, “An Act To Establish a Protocol for Review of State Education Content Standards of the System of Learning Results.”This bill, originally supported by The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC), was sponsore ...
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Obama is Making Big Changes to Medicare

Beginning today, almost 800 hospitals across the country will be impacted by the Obama Administration’s change to how Medicare pays for some of the most common health care procedures.This change will create “bundle payments” for hip and knee replacement procedures – meaning hospitals will re ...
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Another Common Core Bait and Switch

Every state in the country that has claimed to have “repealed” the Common Core Standards has in fact done no such thing. Instead, they have cynically re-arranged a few standards, moved a few commas, changed the wording here or there and then just slapped on a new name in order to sell the same s ...
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Researchers Say Welfare Programs Harm Recipients

America’s $700 billion per year welfare system is actually doing more harm than good, and is hurting the very people it is intended to help.That’s the subject of a new research-filled book on our welfare system, “The Human Cost of Welfare.” Authors Phil Harvey, the Chief Sponsor of the DKT L ...
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The Great Blueberry Bailout

What comes to mind when you think about Maine? Well, a lot of things actually, but the answer I’m looking for is blueberries.The tiny, indigo-colored berries are the state’s official fruit, a key part of the state’s official dessert, and a delicious addition to this delicious Maine-themed meal ...
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The $1.6 Billion Eyesore

The Ivanpah solar plant in the Mojave Desert is yet another example of what happens when the federal government interferes in the free market by subsidizing, or rather, artificially selecting “winners” and “losers.”Last week, we reported on how American taxpayers said goodbye to $2 billion d ...
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Maine Health Care Co-op to Increase Prices

Community Health Options (CHO) has decided to increase prices for patients and customers next year– the latest sign that this Obamacare health co-op is teetering on the brink of a total collapse.The state’s largest provider of individual health insurance, CHO has also stopped accepting new custo ...
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The Department of Labor is considering two new rules that would have sweeping effects on small businesses, retirees, and investors. Though the regulations have yet to be finalized, they are examples of the federal government’s ongoing assault on private enterprise and state sovereignty.Overtime ...
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In 2010, following a financial crisis fueled by irresponsible lending practices, reckless risk management, misguided government policies, and the collapse of the housing bubble, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a massive 2,300-page overhaul of financial ...
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