We’re all in the same boat, so we must navigate the coronavirus course together

This opinion guest column by Senator Geoff Gratwick, was published on May 25, 2020 in the Bangor Daily News. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/25/opinion/contributors/were-all-in-the-same-boat-so-we-must-navigate-the-coronavirus-course-together/ “It is springtime in Maine and we are running the Corona River. No one has scouted this river before, no one can tell us what is ahead. We do not know whether that riffle is a jagged rock just below the surface or a deep boulder, whether...

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COVID-19 and the case for universal health care

Another Viewpoint: COVID-19 and the case for universal health care By Dr. Daniel Bryant The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us much about public health, economics, hygiene, class, race, leadership, and the like. It has also highlighted the fact that our government does not take responsibility for the health care of all of its citizens. There are many reasons for this, of course, including the country’s foundational principle...

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Town Resolves ask for “an equitable health plan that provides every Maine resident with comprehensive medical care from birth to death”

In February and March 2020, the municipalities of Bangor, Blue Hill and Penobscot approved resolves that request the Maine Legislature “to create an equitable health plan that provides every Maine resident with comprehensive medical care from birth to death.” The Bangor resolve was passed without debate during the February 10th council meeting, at which several Maine AllCare members were present.   The Blue Hill resolve was approved 9...

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April News: COVID-19 Hits Home

COVID-19 hits home Recently our Field Director, Abbie Ryder, experienced what is presumed to have been COVID-19. Her harrowing experience shows how serious COVID-19 is, right here in Maine, and cuts right to the heart of why Maine AllCare is working for health care reform–no one should ever have to think about the threat of medical bills when they or someone they love needs care. Thankfully, Abbie...

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Our Lives on the Line – Maine Digital Town Hall

Maine AllCare’s Beth Franklin was the final speaker during “Our Lives on the Line” a live 67-minute digital town hall, organized by a group called Health Care Voter and held on Facebook on April 14, 2020.  During the town hall, all of the speakers agreed that healthcare is a human right,  and they stated that “universal access” was something they would champion. Rep. Heather Sanborn described how...

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More Letters to the Editor written during the Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus and the Health of the Body Politic A prescient letter by John Buell, published in early March in the MDI Islander:  “Is the United States prepared to deal with a public health emergency? At this point such an emergency seems likely, but, even if it were not, the consequence of inaction is catastrophic and must be planned for……The many holes in our health insurance system combined...

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Fighting COVID-19 is socialism

Socialism, properly applied, benefits society as a whole. A letter to the editor by Tom Waddell of Litchfield, published in the Portland Press Herald on April 11, 2020: For those who oppose socialism but support government efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, think again. All efforts to combat COVID-19 are examples of socialism, a social system that regulates society for the benefit of everyone. Closing schools,...

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Medicare for Each of Us in the Age of the Coronavirus

The U.S. public—and increasingly the business community—are becoming acutely aware of the rising costs and inadequacies of our current for-profit system, particularly as the current epidemic unfolds. There is no other choice but Medicare for All. by Peter S. Arno and Philip Caper,  April 3, 2020, Common Dreams Over the past two weeks, the explosive growth of the coronavirus pandemic has forced nearly 10 million Americans to...

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Life During a Pandemic: Maine AllCare News Special Edition

Life during a Pandemic We want to thank all of the nurses, doctors, healthcare workers, public health experts, and scientists for rising to the occasion in these extraordinary times. There are no words to adequately express our gratitude. May you stay well, and may we reach a better healthcare system on the other side of this crisis. Maine AllCare’s long-term goal is an improved health care system...

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American Health Care – The Illusion of Choice

“Choice” is a major buzzword in current discussions of healthcare. So let’s discuss our actual healthcare choices—as individuals and as a nation, starting with the argument made by politicians, pundits, and media that over 160 million Americans love their health insurance and do not want this choice forcibly taken away by the likes of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. As a physician and a health economist, we...

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