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What’s happening to our medical system?

Dear Editor: A small saga of the elusive eye drops. I went to the drugstore to renew my prescription of my eye drops, which I use for glaucoma. The pharmacy informed me that they weren’t able to be renewed yet. I asked why and they told me that the insurance company refused to fill it until next week. The folks there at Hannaford were as helpful as...

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Letters from the voters – Medicare for all

By John Sytsma Sun Journal, January 12, 2017 Now that this nation is going to be faced with a full-blown attempt to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (with no idea of what will replace it), this is a perfect time for people to raise their voices in favor of the only health care finance system that will work, long term, for the United States —...

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Letters from the voters – Letter to the editor: Remove profit motive from U.S. health care system

Maine AllCare has received many responses to the Dec. 5 Maine Voices column, “Trump’s health care policy appears heavy on complexity, light on mercy.” One respondent correctly observed that not every industrialized country has a “single-payer” system. This observation misses the forest for the trees. Indeed, many countries employ private insurance companies. But they are overwhelmingly nonprofit, heavily regulated public utilities. Insurance companies process Medicare claims, but...

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Letters from the voters – Maine Voices: Trump’s health care policy appears heavy on complexity, light on mercy

By Daniel C. Bryant Special to the Press Herald CAPE ELIZABETH — Will Donald Trump make our country’s health care system great again? Of course, for many it was never that great in the first place, but it is important to consider what changes may lie ahead during a Trump presidency. For this, we can turn to his website, where he promises to: Repeal the Affordable Care...

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Letters from the Voters – Letter to the editor: Medicare for all is just what the doctor ordered

I read Dr. Daniel C. Bryant’s Maine Voices column (Dec. 5 – see below) with interest because I have often wondered what health care professionals think of Obamacare and Medicare. The biggest problem with Obamacare is the requirement that all with pre-existing conditions be insured. This is impossible for private insurers, because insuring the previously uninsurable is a losing proposition. The solution would be a true individual...

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Letters from the voters – Health care is a right

Hardly a week goes by without an announcement in the paper or on a community board in Mardens or Hannaford about a local person stricken by some illness or accident who can’t afford to pay their medical bills regardless of whether they have insurance. The family of the loved one puts out a plea for friends, neighbors and community members to attend a fund raising dinner, an...

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Letters from the voters – Navy vet speaking out for “health care for all”

Joe Sirois of Rumford wrote to Gerard Dennison, a representative of Sen. Angus King, advocating for universal single payer health care. Mr. Dennison was visiting constituents in Rumford on behalf of the Senator. Gerard, Thank you for being in Mexico today and for the nice chat. We all know that the United States is about the only Western civilized nation that does not provide health care to...

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Community Screening of Documentary Bring Out Ideas to Move Forward

Rockland ME – On May 18, a gorgeous spring evening, the Midcoast Peace and Justice Group sponsored a showing of FIX IT Healthcare at the Tipping Point at the First Universalist Church.  About 50 people attended and participated in lively discussion with 3 panel members–Pinny Beebe-Center, State Representative, Rockland/ Owls Head, Jonathan Fulford, small business owner and Maine AllCare Board Member, and Bill Clark, retired physician and leader of MidCoast Chapter, Maine AllCare. Perhaps...

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People’s Forum on Health Care

March 27, 2017 – Portland ME – The recent People’s Forum on Health Care was a powerful event. We want to thank everyone who shared their stories. We also want to thank Representatives Mike Sylvester, Ben Collings, Andrew McLean, Rachel Talbot Ross and Maureen Terry, Senator Ben Chipman, and Travis Kennedy from Senator Angus King’s office for witnessing people’s stories and affirming their belief that health care is...

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“It’s the Economics!” – A clear call for universal health care from a Maine small business

Editor’s note: The following letter appeared November 18, 2016 in the Bangor Daily News, The Ellsworth American and The Weekly Packet detailing the financial plight of a Blue Hill small business, Lucy’s Granola due to sky high health insurance costs. It is a clear cry to make health care accessible and affordable by everyone in Maine. Please join our work – Subscribe and Support Maine AllCare – in helping Maine businesses owners and their employees become more...

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