Brunswick Council Unanimous in Support of Equitable Health Care Resolution

Brunswick – August 3, 2020 Let’s chalk up another another step on the road to establishing universal healthcare here in Maine. On Monday, August 3rd the Brunswick Town Council voted unanimously for a “Resolution Supporting Equitable Health Care for All Maine Residents”. Many of the members attended via ZOOM video conference. At-Large Councilor Dan Ankeles introduced the Resolution in an earlier memorandum to Council members, explaining, that...

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July News: The greatest health insurance enrollment losses in history, and more

July 2020 News Our current system has allowed the greatest health insurance enrollment losses in history According to a new report from FamiliesUSA, more than 5.4 million Americans lost health insurance between February and May due to job losses and layoffs caused by the pandemic. From commentary by Don McCanne, Senior Health Policy Fellow with Physicians for a National Health Program: “Of major significance, these are nonelderly...

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Study shows that a state-level universal healthcare plan would fully cover all Maine residents and save $1.5 billion annually

Economic Impacts of a Healthcare Plan to Cover All Maine Residents In 2018, Maine AllCare contracted with the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) to conduct study of the costs and economic impacts of a health care model that would cover all Maine residents through a state-level public plan, with no fee at the point of service. The results of the study show that total yearly healthcare...

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May/June 2020 News

Town Resolves asking legislature to act on healthcare pass in Bangor, Blue Hill, and Penobscot 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 last time a Maine city or town voted in support of universal...

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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 August 2020, the town of Brunswick unanimously approved a resolve in support of universal healthcare.  Brunswick was preceded by the municipalities of Bangor, Blue Hill and Penobscot in February and March.  All of the resolves 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...

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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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