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Why Maine should NOT expand Medicaid under Obamacare

One of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, is to reduce the number of uninsured residents.  One key provision aimed at that objective is the expansion of Medicaid.  The Supreme Court, however, dealt a serious blow to the Obamacare’s Medicaid exp ...
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Maine Health Reform LD 1333 Obamacare

Replacing Big Government Health Care with Patient-Centered Reform

Maine's past and present free market health policy experts partnered with the national Heritage Foundation to publish a report that serves as a guide for other states that wish to enact patient-centered, market-based health insurance reform to increase choice and reduce health care costs.Heal ...
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Time to Repeal ObamaCare

Time to Repeal ObamaCare

As Congress nears a historic vote on the repeal of ObamaCare, it would be a good idea for us to take a moment to remind ourselves why this legislation needs to be repealed. Let's just take a quick 1-2-3 look back at MHPC's objections to ObamaCare:1) It costs too muchTarren wrote back in May 2 ...
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The Case Against ObamaCare

In March 2010, nearly half the states’ attorneys general filed suit against the federal government on behalf of their respective states to block key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as “ObamaCare”).  Nineteen AGs partnered with Florida AG Bill McCo ...
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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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Live Blogging the first meeting of the “Joint Select Committee on  Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation”
*Start at the bottom and read up3:05: Adjournment. No date set for the next meeting, and really, why bother?  The committee sees its role very clearly: the soon-to-be outgoing administration will plow ahead, and the committee will meet periodically so it can be told what the administration i ...
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Surprise: ObamaCare will cost more than originally estimated
The Washington Post reports that the 10-year cost of ObamaCare could be $115 billion more than originally estimated (that's about the price of Greece).  That is if Congress spends the total needed to actually implement the law.  In March, before the the final vote in Congress, the Congressional Bu ...
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Memo to Whitehouse: Snowe is not in the forecast

Memo to Whitehouse: Snowe is not in the forecast

The email dings started around 10:00 pm, and continued throughout the night as folks throughout Maine sent me the latest report on CNN.com that quotes "sources" who claim, "President Obama and top aides have quietly stepped up talks with moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine on a s ...
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