“Thank You!” Allen Avenue UU Church for your contribution to Maine AllCare

The members of Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland ME, after nomination by its Social Action Committee, have chosen to donate one third of a monthly offering to further the work of Maine All Care. The contribution of $500.00 will help the Church live up to its commitment to “foster social responsibility”, as the congregation is committed to seeing that all citizens of Maine have health care....

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Portland FILM & FORUM on the future of health care in Maine

Maine AllCare Board Secretary Delene Perley and supporter Diana Tundy of Portland are ready to welcome the audience for the Portland Public Library screening of Now Is The Time documentary. The film is about the current, costly and complex health care system in the US, one that is burdensome for businesses, and unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans, even to those with health insurance. Importantly, the film also...

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Together, we’re making progress in advancing universal health care for ALL Maine

May 4th rally in Augusta for universal health care by Maine AllCare and coalition partners including Maine State Nurses Association, Souther Maine Workers Center. About a hundred people gathered to hear speakers from many organizations who support universal health care. Augusta ME May 9, 2017 – NEWSFLASH – At their work session, the members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Insurance and Financial Services voted unanimously “ought to pass” in...

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Maine AllCare back in Unity at the Common Ground Fair

Phil Caper MD and Lynn Cheney are two of the many Maine AllCare volunteers who staffed our booth at the 2016 Common Ground Fair. They handed out fact sheets about the business advantages of universal, publicly funded healthcare, signed up new subscribers to our e-newsletter, and visitors shared personal health care stories that invariably focused on the unrelentingly high costs of health insurance and prescription drugs. If...

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Letters from the voters – Misunderstanding right to health care

In his May 4 BDN letter to the editor, David Smith demonstrated fundamental misunderstandings of Bernie Sanders’ claim that everyone has a right to health care, arguing that implementation of such a definition would entail forcing doctors to provide services on demand and enslaving citizens to one another through the agency of their government. As a right, health care does not impose a claim or imposition by...

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CHARITY AS HEALTH CARE POLICY – WE CAN AND WILL DO BETTER!

The following from the New York Times Editorial Board gives yet another anecdotal example of the irrational and unfair national policy, even with the Affordable Care Act fully implemented; one, that necessitates a “charity” mentality in order to provide essential health care to Americans. We must do better. We can do better. Here in Maine, we will do better once we enact a universal single payer health...

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Letters from the voters – Medical care isn’t shopping trip

I’m responding to Matthew Gagnon’s April 6 BDN column, regarding a bill he helped write, An Act To Encourage Health Insurance Consumers To Comparison Shop for Health Care Procedures and Treatment. His solution is to have patients compare prices for health care services, choose the cheapest and pocket some of the difference. This would make a complicated system even more cumbersome and unfriendly. If you have a...

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Letters from the Voter – Health care needs single-payer system

When considering the best way to solve our country’s health care woes, I am reminded of Winston Churchill’s famous comment about democracy as a form of government, in which he stated, in effect: It’s a terrible system, but everything else is worse. This same statement might apply to a single-payer system in medical care as proposed by Bernie Sanders at a recent Democrat presidential debate, for it,...

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Hot Topics – Thorpe Health Care Analysis Flawed

February 16, 2016, The Times Record – The Associated Press article containing a “fact check” on health care quoted an analysis by Emory University economist Kenneth Thorpe “suggesting” that “the accounting comes up short”. The so-called “facts” in that analysis are actually based on a number of incorrect assumptions, distortions and missing data. Doctors David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, both noted clinicians and researchers from Harvard Medical...

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Hot Topics – Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act Remains An Issue For The Upcoming Legislative Session

by Alice Knapp, Attorney and Maine AllCare Board Member The Supreme Court’s ACA decision last year striking down the planned withholding of all Medicaid funds from states declining Medicaid expansion paved the way for Governor LePage’s successful effort to drop more than 44,000 Mainers from MaineCare’s rolls this year. LePage argued program’s costs had become unsustainable with 27% of Mainers enrolled, including middle class families meeting strict...

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