State of Maine Archives: on Health Care

Mary Mayhew: Absolutely opposed to Medicaid expansion

Mayhew has adamantly opposed efforts to expand Medicaid, which she said will only increase the dependency of able-bodied adults on government entitlement programs, drain the state budget, and require cuts in services for the elderly and disabled. Medicaid expansion "creates a golden circle around able-bodied adults," Mayhew said.

Helping able-bodied adults return to the workforce should be the priority, which will leave more resources for the elderly and disabled, she said.

Source: The Lincoln County News on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race Jul 5, 2017

Janet Mills: Her office took on drug manufacturer Mylan on price gouging

Last year, generic drug manufacturer Mylan jumped the price of a 2-pack of EpiPens, from about $100 in 2007 to over $600 last year. Last winter, the Maine Atty General's Office and Atty general's in 19 other states sued Mylan and 6 other generic drug companies for conspiring to artificially inflate prices and reduce competition for an antibiotic drug and an oral diabetes drug. Just because a drug is cheap for them to make does not mean any savings will be passed on to consumers.
Source: Mills OpEd in Press Herald on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race Jun 28, 2017

Eric Brakey: Do better than backdoor deals that led to ObamaCare

When DC insiders cut secret deals in smoky back rooms, the little guy always loses. I recognize that the GOP leadership has a tough job, but that should not mean legislating behind closed doors. We deserve better than the same kind of backdoor process that saddled us with ObamaCare in the first place. It's time to tamp down the rhetoric, fix our broken healthcare system, and start standing up for the little guy."
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Maine gubernatorial race Jun 22, 2017

Eric Brakey: Apply principles of freedom to broken healthcare system

Glad @RandPaul [GOP Senator from Kentucky whose ObamaCare replacement plan focuses on deregulation] is fighting to fix our broken healthcare system with principles of freedom.
Source: Twitter posting on 2018 Maine gubernatorial race Feb 25, 2017

Bruce Poliquin: Replace ObamaCare with cross-state & group insurance

End ObamaCare and Replace with Free Market Solution to Improve Health Care: ACTION ITEMS:It's a bad idea for the federal government to take over our free market health care industry. Although promised otherwise, millions of frightened Americans are seeing their health insurance plans cancelled because they do not include unwanted and expensive coverage mandated by the new one-size-fits-all health care law.

One alternative to ObamaCare is to allow families to shop across state lines to buy the health insurance that fits our needs at a price we can afford, just like purchasing automobile insurance. Small businesses should also be allowed to band together to buy coverage.

Source: 2014 Maine House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Shenna Bellows: Supports ObamaCare & universal health coverage

Source: 2014 Maine Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2014

Eliot Cutler: Universal access to essential health care services

Whether they are old or young, employed or unemployed, and wherever they live, all Mainers should have access to preventive health care--because it is the right, fair and morally responsible thing to do, and because it is the financially and economically smart thing to do. With universal access to essential health care services, Maine can muscle down our health care costs--while staying in the top tier of America's healthiest places and making Maine more competitive as a place to live and to work.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, Dec 31, 2013

Cynthia Dill: Medicaid and Medicare programs need to be strengthened

Maine Sen. Cynthia Dill and former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap defended the social programs and instead said they would look to taxation reforms and cuts in military spending as ways to balance the federal budget.

Dill called for fair tax policies that require the wealthy to pay their fair share, and cuts in military spending such as for weapons systems. "When it comes to Medicaid and Medicare, those are programs that need to be strengthened," she said.

Source: Morning Sentinel on 2012 Maine Senate debates Jun 6, 2012

Charlie Summers: 100% deductible cross-state insurance instead of ObamaCare

Our next senator must help provide families relief from the increasing burden of health care, not with Obamacare, but with common sense solutions like allowing businesses and individuals to purchase health insurance like any other insurance, from the lowest cost provider anywhere in the United States and making the cost of that insurance like the cost of a mortgage, 100% deductible from an individual's federal income tax.
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website,, "Message" Apr 13, 2012

Matt Dunlap: ObamaCare individual mandate is constitutional

On energy, the candidates agreed that Maine's next U.S. senator should work hard to maintain federal low-income heating assistance because of the large number of Maine families that can't afford to fill their oil tanks and heat leaky homes. They also agreed that the government should invest in weatherization programs to reduce the need for heating oil over the long term.
Source: KJ Online coverage of 2012 Maine Senate debate Mar 31, 2012

Paul LePage: MaineCare recipients contribute to statewide health coverage

Based on ability to pay, we ask MaineCare recipients to contribute to the cost of the state-sponsored health care coverage. Unfortunately, we are limited in the reforms we can offer in MaineCare because of the Affordable Care Act out of Washington. Maine's generosity is being penalized by the federal government. There are additional savings to be had in MaineCare but federal mandates force us to look elsewhere.
Source: Maine 2011 State of the State Address Feb 10, 2011

John Baldacci: Ensure access to basic health care

Source: 2006 Maine Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

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