In August, the Commonwealth Fund issued a report comparing health care in the U.S. to 10 other high-income countries. The U.S. compared dismally, ranking last in health care affordability and health equity. The U.S. health care system also has the highest rate of infant mortality and deaths that would have been prevented with good health care. Although Maine’s infant mortality and overall mortality rates are lower than the U.S. average, they are still significantly worse than the other 10 countries…

…It is long past time for us to improve our inequitable and overpriced health care system. Maine Healthcare Action is a group of dedicated Maine residents who are working on a ballot initiative, demanding that the Maine Legislature implement a publicly funded, equitable health care system for all Maine residents. Please sign their petition to put health care on the ballot in 2022. For more information, visit

Julie Keller Pease

Read the full letter in the Portland Press Herald online HERE