Letters to Editors

A true feel-good experience – Ellsworth American A true feel-good experience Dear Editor: A small businessman, a retired physician, a legislator and a former nurse walked into a bar … well, not a bar, but a recent meeting at the Deer Isle Town Hall. Much as I don’t care for meetings, this one recently made me feel good about my fellow citizens. The subject was the strategy...

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National Conference – Healthcare-Now! June 22-24

The national meeting this year of the Single Payer Strategy Conference is in Minneapolis, MN, June 22-24. Read more here. Anyone may sign up! Also demonstration in Manchester, NH at the UU Church on May 20 from 1:30 – 3:30....

LTE re Hannafords Healthcare Needs

Portland Chapter Leader, Dan Bryant, shared his thoughts with the readers of the Portland Press Herald about health insurance issues facing Hannafords and its workers. Employment-based health insurance, now covering 56 percent of the nonelderly population, was introduced during World War II to help employers avoid wage controls. The issue of health care coverage in the recent contract negotiations between United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 and the company...

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Downeast prepares for Task Force, March 2, with Big Pharma viewing

Hunt Gressitt, pictured in center, member of Maine AllCare Downeast Chapter, shares her observations about the February 2018 meeting of the legislative Task Force on Healthcare with some of the audience at the Blue Hill screening of the film, BIG PHARMA. The Blue Hill Congregational Church was host to a February 26th public screening of BIG PHARMA, presented by the Downeast Chapter of Maine AllCare. The general...

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Maine AllCare at the Bangor Women’s March

Our Board members and other supporters were out in strength for the Women’s March in Bangor. Good to see Geoff Gratwick, Moira O’Neill and Jonathan Fulford among others....

Bill Wood resigns from the Board

Bill Wood MD, FACS, FAAOA, Bangor ME The Board has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Bill Wood. He is an active board-certified otolaryngologist who practices in Bangor and a longtime supporter of PNHP, the Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Wood was educated at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also studied...

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O’Neill addresses Machias Rotary

Moira O’Neill, a MAC Board member, addressed the Machias Rotary January, 2018. The text of her remarks follow: Could Maine offer universal health care? by Sarah Craighead Dedmon Recently, members of the Machias Rotary club debated the pros and cons of a single payer health care system during a presentation by Moira O’Neill, given at their meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 17. O’Neill works with the University of...

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Medicare-for-All Tax Would Be Cheaper for Employers

Earlier this year, billionaire investor Warren Buffett observed that “medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness.” Volk Packaging Corporation President Derek Volk, in his Nov. 17 letter to the editor, echoes this concern: “One of the biggest challenges to my box company is the rising cost of health care.” He suggests that one way to lessen this challenge would be to repeal the health insurance...

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