A Series of Unfortunate Events: Dirigo – Maine’s “Public Option” Is a Costly Failure
Read the full report | Passed in 2003, Maine’s Dirigo Health initiative was lauded as the first state-based universal coverage program this decade. Governor John Baldacci promised that Dirigo Health would (1) provide coverage for all of Maine’s 128,000 uninsured by 2009; (2) not require any new ...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Maine’s Failed Experiments With Big Government Controlling Health Insurance
Read the full report | As America looks at health care reform, policy makers would be wise to review Maine’s experience with government solutions intended to improve access, lower costs, insure more people and add fairness to the health insurance system. Maine’s experience with many of these exa ...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Maine’s Medicaid program’s skyrocketing costs, higher taxes, underpayment of health providers and perpetual budget shortfalls result in health care rationing.
Read the full report | As Congress and the Obama administration debate reforms for the nation’s health care system, they would do well to study Maine's experience with Medicaid. Maine’s unsustainable Medicaid enrollment, now at 23 percent of the state’s population, has created a perpetual budg ...
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Maine Spends Too Much… But Where?

Maine Spends Too Much… But Where?

Read the full report | The next state budget has not been submitted yet, but the debates about a gap of at least $500 million between tax revenues and spending have already started calls for cuts, elimination of programs, state employee layoffs, hiring freezes, across-the-board spending decreases, a ...
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$217 Million in Reasonable Spending Cuts To Close Budget Gap

$217 Million in Reasonable Spending Cuts To Close Budget Gap

Read the full report | A recent Market Decisions’ public opinion poll noted that some 86 percent of Maine people believe that taxes are too high, and that 80 percent state that increasing taxes and fees must not be an option to eliminate the current $225 million budget shortfall. Maine voters real ...
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Maine’s Choice: Have Medicaid Take Care of the Truly Vulnerable or Give Away Medicaid to the Middle Class
Read the full report | As state legislators in Augusta work to close a $200 million budget shortfall, they would be well advised to take a careful look at the state’s enormously expensive Medicaid program. Once designed to provide health care to only the state’s most needy and vulnerable, eligib ...
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Maine Medicaid Check Up Series Part III: Non-Elderly Adult Medicaid Spending

Maine Medicaid Check Up Series Part III: Non-Elderly Adult Medicaid Spending

Read the full report | Recently, Maine state revenue forecasters projected a $95 million budget gap for the current biennium. As the Legislature goes into session in January 2008, Medicaid and Medicaid spending will be at the forefront of debate as lawmakers once again to balance the budget. Before ...
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Governor Jeb Bush: A Record of Leadership and Policy Accomplishment

Governor Jeb Bush: A Record of Leadership and Policy Accomplishment

Read the full report | In his two terms as Florida’s 43rd governor, Jeb Bush challenged the status quo and reshaped state government in order to lead Florida, the nation’s fourth most populous state, towards a prosperous future.Summing up his legacy in the Washington Post, Governor Bush said:“ ...
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Maine’s Near-Universal Coverage for Children Makes SCHIP Expansion Unnecessary
Read the full report | As Congress debates a dramatic expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Maine’s experience shows that SCHIP expansion is unnecessary, would dramatically raise taxpayer costs for the already expensive Maine SCHIP, further raise premiums for those ...
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A Plan to Reform and Reduce Maine’s Taxes

A Plan to Reform and Reduce Maine’s Taxes

Read the full report | Mainers have been hit with a barrage of tax reform proposals from the Maine Legislature, but no clear plan that will reduce the Maine tax burden. The proposals beg the question, “Where’s the beef?” Like the iconic Wendy’s slogan, which was implemented to chastise their ...
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