Letters to the editor: Medicare should be cheered, expanded

On July 30, 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. As we note that anniversary, it is interesting to compare the health care news of our own day. For instance, an article in the July 25 Portland Press Herald (“Briefcase: Wellpoint stock sets record ahead of health care reform”) reports: “Shares of Wellpoint Inc. hit an all-time high Wednesday, after the nation’s second-largest health insurer trounced second-quarter earnings

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America needs cost-effective universal health care

In recent months, the people of Maine have witnessed activity by many different players in the health care system as Maine moves to implement the Affordable Care Act. We’ve seen Gov. Paul LePage veto the expansion of MaineCare, which will leave 70,000 Mainers without access to health care. We’re watching MaineHealth and Anthem try to exclude local hospitals and providers in order to gain “market share” in the

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Chapters: Letter Bank

Editor’s Note – The following letters to the editor are written by some of our Maine AllCare Midcoast Chapter members and supporters. We are including them in our new, LETTER Bank page to inform and inspire other folks around the state to make their own public statement about the importance of “health care for everyone – here in Maine”. As a state, we have a tradition of helping

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2011 Maine AllCare Testimony – Groups support new study about single payer health care

Groups support new study about single payer health care A bill introduced by Rep. Paulette Beaudoin, D-Biddeford received unanimous favorable public comments by numerous organizations including Maine AllCare, AFL-CIO, Maine People’s Alliance and the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Phil Caper, Vice Chairman of Maine AllCare, an organization formed exclusively to promote universal, high quality and affordable health care for the people of Maine, testified on February

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Testimony by William C. Hsiao, PhD, FSA Harvard School of Public Health

Before the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform State House, Augusta, Maine October 19, 2010 10:30 AM In the late 1980’s, Taiwan, with its 20 million people, was faced with a similar set of problems to those that are confronting the USA and Maine today. Many Taiwanese had no health insurance, rapid health cost inflation put the existing health insurance plans and patients under heavy financial pressure,

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2010 Maine AllCare Testimony

Joint Select Committee on Health Reform State House, Augusta, Maine October 19, 2010 11:00 AM Philip CaperI am Dr. Philip Caper. I am accompanied by Alice Knapp. I have spent my career trying to improve the health care system that serves the American people. We are here today representing Maine AllCare. Maine AllCare is dedicated to promoting universal, high quality and affordable health care for the people of

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