The View From Here: Unions shouldn’t fight health care reform

The View From Here: Unions shouldn’t fight health care reform A Nevada union’s self-interested campaign puts it on the side of an unworkable status quo. by GREG KESICH – EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR OF THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD https://www.pressherald.com/2020/02/16/the-view-from-here-unions-shouldnt-fight-health-care-reform/ I am a union member. I have health insurance provided by my employer. I fought for it at the bargaining table. And it stinks. I feel I need to...

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Maine Voices: Growing number of doctors coming out in favor of universal care

Growing number of doctors coming out in favor of universal care The nation’s second-largest physicians group backs single-payer or a public option, and the AMA has quit an anti-reform coalition. By Daniel C. Bryant, M.D.Special to the Press Herald CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine https://www.pressherald.com/…/maine-voices-growing-number-…/ During recent debates over health care reform, opponents of “Medicare for All” (“single-payer”) have often argued that physicians would suffer because, to pay for...

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Bangor City Council Passes Healthcare Resolution

BANGOR COUNCIL PASSES HEALTHCARE RESOLUTION: Becomes First Municipality in Maine since 2001 to Support Equitable Healthcare Bangor, Maine The Bangor City Council has approved unanimously a resolution urging  the Maine Legislature to create an equitable healthcare system for the state and all its residents. The passing of the resolution, initially presented by members of the Bangor chapter of Maine AllCare, makes Bangor the first municipality in Maine...

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Report claims healthcare plan could reduce costs, cover everyone in Maine

Note: this news article was originally published in the Machias Valley News Observer on January 6, 2020, and is reprinted here in full, with permission from the publisher. by Ruth Leubecker An all-encompassing healthcare proposal could save Maine $1.5 billion in healthcare spending, according to a new analysis released by Maine AllCare. “When every Mainer is covered, and there is never a bill to patients. When doctors...

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Mainers deserve publicly funded health care

This letter was originally published in the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel January 24, 2020 To the Editor: A recent study by Maine Center for Economic Policy on behalf of Maine AllCare (available at maineallcare.org) showed that a universal, publicly funded health care system covering every Maine resident could save Maine $1.5 billion in total health care spending. This report went to our governor, legislators and the media —...

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‘Everyone covered, Nobody left out’

This letter to the editor by Beedy Parker of Camden, Maine was originally published in the PenBay Pilot. You can read the original letter HERE. January 25, 2020 To the Editor: A report came out recently, by the Maine Center for Economic Policy for Maine AllCare , that examines the current state of cost of health care in Maine. Maine AllCare’s  goal is “Everyone covered, Nobody left...

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Maine needs to create better health care

January 15, 2020 Originally published online in The County, e-news of the Aroostook Republican, the Houlton Pioneer Times, and the Star-Herald To the editor: I am a “consumer” of health care with a Medicare Advantage plan. I would much rather be a “patient” like I was in the late 1950s when I birthed my three babies in a four-day stay for each at a local hospital. With...

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January News: Second Largest Physicians Group in US Endorses Universal Health Care

January 2020 News Historic sea change in physician support for universal health care In a report published on January 21, 2020, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, The American College of Physicians endorsed structural health care reform to achieve universal healthcare via two potential paths–a single-payer system or a publicly funded option offered alongside regulated private insurance. The report, “Envisioning a Better US Health Care System for...

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The ACA from a Navigator’s Perspective

“I became a volunteer ACA Navigator in 2014 and have worked with hundreds of people in the Blue Hill Peninsula over the past six years. It has been a privilege to do this and a great satisfaction to help people obtain health care coverage. However, I am acutely aware that the ACA is moving farther away from its goal of providing universal, affordable health care. More than...

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Study Shows Universal Healthcare in Maine Could Cover Everyone — and Cost Less

Maine has waited long enough. For years now, America has famously had the world’s highest health care costs among developed nations — yet has the lowest health care quality. Why? Because the middleman in our healthcare system has been the private insurance industry, which by almost any sensible measure has failed the American people. The industry accepts massive taxpayer subsidies yet rations access to doctors and quality...

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