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2014 Testimony

Universal, Single Payer Bill Introduced in Maine Legislature

Citizens from around the state gathered in Augusta on January 9th 2014 to testify in person before Insurance and Financial Services committee in support of a publicly funded health care system that would cover everyone in Maine. The proposed bill, LD 1345, will create a single Maine Health Care Fund. The Fund will be managed by an independent Board.

The Board will have total responsibility for the collection and disbursement of all funds related to health care services within our state. This approach will replace the current, complex, for- profit, insurance based system. In effect, the Fund will be a state based Medicare-like system of health care financing, with full accountability.

Rep. Charlie Priest’s introductory statement for his single payer bill, LD 1345

Dr. Phil Caper, vice president of Maine AllCare, begins his testimony in support of LD 1345.

Suzanne Roberts, MD, MDiv., a primary care physician and Episcopal priest shares some of her experiences with patients that emphasize the need for universal single payer health care, here in Maine.

Matt Schlobohm, Executive Director, Maine AFL_CIO speaking in support of LD 1345

Meaghan LaSala, Organizer, Southern Maine Workers Center testifying in support of LD 1345, Maine's single payer health care bill that will cover everyone in our state by 2017

Scott Bolduc, firefighter form Bangor speaking in support of LD 1345

Maine state senator Troy Jackson speaking in support of LD 1345, universal single payer health care for everyone in Maine