Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system

Maine Voices: Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system Weaker campaign finance laws have enabled insurers and Big Pharma to create a system that benefits only them. BY JOSHUA GEAR – SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD – DECEMBER 3, 2019 https://www.pressherald.com/2019/12/03/maine-voices-2-2/ YORK — As a medical student, I remember HMOs being touted as the answer to the spiraling costs of health care...

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Fixing our health care system’s intrinsic problems

Columnist misconstrues intent of ‘Medicare for All’ It’s about fixing our health care system’s intrinsic problems, not ‘the mechanics of insurance.’ https://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/10/letter-to-the-editor-columnist-misconstrues-intent-of-medicare-for-all/ Reading Dr. Leana S. Wen’s Oct. 20 commentary, “Can we stop talking about Medicare for All?” (Page D1), I felt that she, as a professional on the front lines, gave excellent examples of major issues with our current health care system, such as the closing...

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Mainers need consistent dental care

Mainers need consistent dental care Dentists’ annual free clinics are a gift, but it will take legislative funding to ensure that thousands of Maine adults get regular services. https://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/09/letter-to-the-editor-mainers-need-dental-care-every-day/ Last Friday’s winds blew cold as folks lined up outside dental offices, each uninsured and anxious to get treatment at no cost. For 11 years now, Dentists Who Care for ME has held free clinics offering cleanings, fillings...

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A public option is not enough – Maine needs universal coverage

Maine Voices:  A public option is not enough – Maine needs universal coverage By Dr. Julie Pease, Special to the Portland Press Herald, September 16, 2019 pressherald.com/2019/09/16/maine-voices-public-option-is-not-enough-maine-needs-universal- TOPSHAM — In reaction to public support for universal health care coverage, some Maine health care reform advocates promote a public option. From my perspective as a physician who has advocated for universal coverage, a public option is not enough....

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Mainers need more than ‘feel good’ measures

Mainers need more than ‘feel good’ measures In a letter to Sen. Angus King published on July 12 in the Ellsworth American, Lynn Cheney, an ACA (Obamacare) Navigator, retired business owner, and Maine AllCare board member, urges the senator to take real action on health care. Full text as published: “Open letter to Sen. Angus King: On June 20, you signed as co-sponsor to a bill restoring...

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Maine Voices: Conservative Case for Universal Healthcare

Dr. Dan Bryant’s column in the Portland Press Herald, October 24, 2018 CAPE ELIZABETH — A May Maine Voices column that I co-authored discussed a poll of Maine gubernatorial and Cumberland County legislative candidates’ health care policies. No Republicans had responded. In a Sept. 17 letter, Barry Salter, M.D., wrote that Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody had not attended the Maine Medical Association annual meeting, while the...

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National Health Service UK in 1948

A postcard from 70 years ago in the United Kingdom touting their new health system. It was sent to one of our members from a friend who lives there. It reads THE NEW NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE Your new National Health Service begins on 5th July. What is it? How do you get it? It will provide you with all medical, dental, and nursing care. Everyone – rich...

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MAC House Parties

Everyone is encouraged to host a House Party for Maine AllCare. Contact us if you are interested in doing so. This one was in Brooklin with the Downeast Chapter. Lynn Cheney and Sharon Lendvai are pictured. A great time was had by all — sitting around a pool, sharing stories, eating cake along with other refreshments, hearing from our new executive director, Phil Bailey, and meeting others....

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National Conference – Healthcare-Now! June 22-24

The national meeting this year of the Single Payer Strategy Conference is in Minneapolis, MN, June 22-24. Read more here. Anyone may sign up! Also demonstration in Manchester, NH at the UU Church on May 20 from 1:30 – 3:30....

AARP Brunswick Coffee, June 20

AARP Coffee and Conversation at the Brunswick Coastal Landing Retirement Center, 142 Neptune Drive will host a discussion about Maine AllCare with physician and MAC Brunswick Chapter leader Bill Clark, Senator Brownie Carson (D – Brunswick, Harpwell, Freeport, North Yarmouth and Pownal) and retired physician Dan Wood of Woolwich. The event, which begins at 11 a. m., includes a short video comparing Sweden and the U. S....

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