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Letters from the voters – Cost of drug plans overlooked by critics of Medicare

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan wants to privatize Medicare. He should look instead to drug scams inherent in Medicare Part D. When it was set up, the government specifically prohibited negotiation of drug costs with drug companies. Why? I take the prescription drug Nexium for severe gastric reflux. In 2007, when I first obtained Part D coverage, my cost for a month’s supply was $28. The plan paid...

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Letters from the voters – Do the right thing

Using the example of the Affordable Care Act, Kevin Twine’s column (”Making Sausage,” June 16), provides a good analysis of the complexity involved in shaping legislation. He looks at the variables of division of power, popular support, citizen initiatives and the influence of big money. There is an impor- tant message in the Churchill quote he cites about Americans taking a “long time” to do the “right...

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“Stroke Recovery from a Family Perspective”

Originally presented at the 7th Annual Stroke Conference in Portland, Maine on May 21, 2014 I want to talk about your patients, the people in the shadows, out of the light, on the verge of darkness, those in the penumbra of life, a shadow of their former selves, even for a short time. And I want to talk about their families. When I was a child, the...

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Letter from the voters – veto Target

The BDN May 2 editorial, criticizing Gov. Paul LePage’s 182 vetoes was, for the most part, on target. However, I must take issue with the description of a bill to study health care options in Maine as “transitioning Maine to an entirely government-run health care system.” This mischaracterization of the bill (LD 1345) entirely over-simplifies the issues of concern and serves only to feed right-wing paranoia about...

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Big News! Legislature Approves LD 1345 as Amended

A Resolve to produce 3 design options for creating a universal system of health care in the State On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 the Maine State Senate passed LD 1345. The vote to approve the bill was 20 to 14, along strict partisan lines. Every Republican Senator voted against the resolve “… that all Maine residents have access to and coverage for affordable, quality health care.” This...

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Letters from the voters – To the Editor

I just saw “The Healthcare Movie”, a comparison of the US and Canadian health care systems. Representative Paul Davis was there but unfortunately left early. Had he been able to stay, Paul would have learned some statistics that I think he and his Republican and Democrat colleagues would find both surprising and disturbing. Here are some of them. 45,000 people die in the US each year because...

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Maine AllCare Chapter News Archive

MIDCOAST CHAPTER A PUBLIC INVITATION – You are cordially invited to join us at the next meeting of the Midcoast Chapter of Maine AllCare, a growing group of Maine people interested in making health care accessible and affordable to everyone. If you live in the greater Bath – Brunswick – Topsham area you will find our meetings are always friendly, fun and informative. For more information please...

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Letters from the voters – Letter to the editor: Facts, ‘unfacts’ of single-payer health care system

The Feb. 18 Press Herald included a letter to the editor penned by Bryan Dench, “Doctors should reject expansion of Medicaid.” First, let me separate the “unfacts” in the letter from the facts:I value differences of opinion but do not like publicly expressed opinions that are short on facts. I am a group insurance broker who is a staunch supporter of a single-payer system being implemented in...

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Letters from the voters – Letter to the editor: Single-payer health insurance in Maine merits attention

Though you wouldn’t know it from reading the Portland Press Herald, the Legislature is currently considering a bill – L.D. 1345, “An Act to Establish a Single-payor Health Care System To Be Effective in 2017” – to fund health care for all Maine citizens at an overall cost that would be less than what we currently pay. And in such a way that Maine businesses would no...

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The Opinion Pages | EDITORIAL from THE NEW YORK TIMES

Help With Medical Bills By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JAN. 17, 2014 In September 2012, as Gladys Puglla was thanking everyone for coming to a community organization board meeting, she blacked out from a stroke. It felt, she recalled, as if “my soul was leaving my body.” She woke up at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. After surgery and a nine-day hospital stay, Ms. Puglla owed about $138,000...

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