Legislative Task Force Making Progress

Supporters have turned out in force for meetings of the Maine legislative Task Force on Healthcare in Augusta. They meet in the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall St., Augusta, Maine. Three study groups are working. The composition of the groups is listed below: Study Group Controlling Costs Study Group Public Options Study Group Structure of Health Insurance Market Study Group   Legislators/Conveners Sen. Brownie Carson, Rep....

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LTE re Hannafords Healthcare Needs

Portland Chapter Leader, Dan Bryant, shared his thoughts with the readers of the Portland Press Herald about health insurance issues facing Hannafords and its workers. Employment-based health insurance, now covering 56 percent of the nonelderly population, was introduced during World War II to help employers avoid wage controls. The issue of health care coverage in the recent contract negotiations between United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 and the company...

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Downeast prepares for Task Force, March 2, with Big Pharma viewing

Hunt Gressitt, pictured in center, member of Maine AllCare Downeast Chapter, shares her observations about the February 2018 meeting of the legislative Task Force on Healthcare with some of the audience at the Blue Hill screening of the film, BIG PHARMA. The Blue Hill Congregational Church was host to a February 26th public screening of BIG PHARMA, presented by the Downeast Chapter of Maine AllCare. The general...

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Maine AllCare at the Bangor Women’s March

Our Board members and other supporters were out in strength for the Women’s March in Bangor. Good to see Geoff Gratwick, Moira O’Neill and Jonathan Fulford among others....

O’Neill addresses Machias Rotary

Moira O’Neill, a MAC Board member, addressed the Machias Rotary January, 2018. The text of her remarks follow: Could Maine offer universal health care? by Sarah Craighead Dedmon Recently, members of the Machias Rotary club debated the pros and cons of a single payer health care system during a presentation by Moira O’Neill, given at their meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 17. O’Neill works with the University of...

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Medicare-for-All Tax Would Be Cheaper for Employers

Earlier this year, billionaire investor Warren Buffett observed that “medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness.” Volk Packaging Corporation President Derek Volk, in his Nov. 17 letter to the editor, echoes this concern: “One of the biggest challenges to my box company is the rising cost of health care.” He suggests that one way to lessen this challenge would be to repeal the health insurance...

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Mainers Deserve a Liferaft

This essay by Dr. Bill Clark appeared in the November 24, 2017 issue of The Times Record, Brunswick, Maine: http://www.timesrecord.com/news/2017-11-24/Opinion/Mainers_Deserve_a_Liferaft.html Mainers Deserve a Liferaft BY BILL CLARK Maine AllCare is a non-partisan, not-for-profit group that advocates for healthcare for everyone in Maine. Why is this work so important? Because good health is important to the Common Good as we pursue liberty, justice and well being, both as...

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Maine AllCare works toward universal health care in Pine Tree State

NORWAY — Maine AllCare has adopted an “everybody in, nobody out” mantra when it comes to health care coverage in the Pine Tree State and officials reported extensive growth in their organization over the past year. Maine AllCare is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that was founded six years ago, though organizers report that traction really got going in 2017. Its goal is “achieving universal, high-quality and affordable...

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Maine Voices: The time for universal health care and single-payer is near

On October 13, 2017, the Portland Press Herald published an important opinion piece written by Dr. Richard Dillihunt. Dr. Dillihunt is a retired surgeon, and a longstanding staunch advocate for universal healthcare. He has testified several times at the Maine State Legislature, most recently in May, on behalf of Rep. Heidi Brooks’ “Healthy Maine Act” to provide universal healthcare to everyone in Maine. Excerpts are published below....

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