Published by the Ellsworth American, Nov. 16:

I Voted stickers in red, white, and blue scattered across a white surfaceAbsent from most reporting of Nov. 7 election results, which focused on the eight state referendums, was the outcome of Penobscot’s town referendum on health care.

The resolution read, “Shall the citizens of Penobscot call on the Maine Legislature to create a publicly funded healthcare plan that provides every Maine resident with comprehensive medical care?” It passed by a 2-1 margin, 355 yes votes, 173 no votes.

Clearly Penobscot supports publicly funded universal health care. Maine AllCare, the advocacy organization that sponsored the referendum, believes many other Maine towns and cities do as well. We hope, in the near future, that similar local referendums will prove that point all across Maine.

Our health care system is broken. We can and should do better.

Publicly funded universal health care means better care for more people for less money.

David Jolly