Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system

Maine Voices: Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system Weaker campaign finance laws have enabled insurers and Big Pharma to create a system that benefits only them. BY JOSHUA GEAR – SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD – DECEMBER 3, 2019 https://www.pressherald.com/2019/12/03/maine-voices-2-2/ YORK — As a medical student, I remember HMOs being touted as the answer to the spiraling costs of health care...

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Fixing our health care system’s intrinsic problems

Columnist misconstrues intent of ‘Medicare for All’ It’s about fixing our health care system’s intrinsic problems, not ‘the mechanics of insurance.’ https://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/10/letter-to-the-editor-columnist-misconstrues-intent-of-medicare-for-all/ Reading Dr. Leana S. Wen’s Oct. 20 commentary, “Can we stop talking about Medicare for All?” (Page D1), I felt that she, as a professional on the front lines, gave excellent examples of major issues with our current health care system, such as the closing...

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Mainers need consistent dental care

Mainers need consistent dental care Dentists’ annual free clinics are a gift, but it will take legislative funding to ensure that thousands of Maine adults get regular services. https://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/09/letter-to-the-editor-mainers-need-dental-care-every-day/ Last Friday’s winds blew cold as folks lined up outside dental offices, each uninsured and anxious to get treatment at no cost. For 11 years now, Dentists Who Care for ME has held free clinics offering cleanings, fillings...

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November News and Information

Maine AllCare November News & Updates Universal health care: is it possible in Maine? On October 31, Maine Public’s Speaking in Maine featured a discussion and debate about health care options for Maine, with Dr. Phil Caper of Maine AllCare and Matt Gagnon of the Maine Heritage Policy Center. The debate ranged from universal health care to free-market options. The conversation was originally produced by WERU radio...

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A public option is not enough – Maine needs universal coverage

Maine Voices:  A public option is not enough – Maine needs universal coverage By Dr. Julie Pease, Special to the Portland Press Herald, September 16, 2019 pressherald.com/2019/09/16/maine-voices-public-option-is-not-enough-maine-needs-universal- TOPSHAM — In reaction to public support for universal health care coverage, some Maine health care reform advocates promote a public option. From my perspective as a physician who has advocated for universal coverage, a public option is not enough....

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Mainers need more than ‘feel good’ measures

Mainers need more than ‘feel good’ measures In a letter to Sen. Angus King published on July 12 in the Ellsworth American, Lynn Cheney, an ACA (Obamacare) Navigator, retired business owner, and Maine AllCare board member, urges the senator to take real action on health care. Full text as published: “Open letter to Sen. Angus King: On June 20, you signed as co-sponsor to a bill restoring...

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September News

Making the Case: An International Perspective On The Paradoxes Of US Health Care In research supported by The Commonwealth Fund and reported on the Health Affairs blog, ten Harkness Fellows in health care policy and practice reflect on the U.S. health care system. “The United States undeniably provides some of the best health care and is one of the most innovative nations in the world. Financial investments...

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End-of-Summer News: The Road to Healthcare Reform

Making the Case: “Congress passes socialized medicine and mandates health insurance–in 1798” In a piece going back to 2011, business and healthcare reporter Rick Ungar explored “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen” passed by the 5th Congress of the United States in 1798, and signed by President John Adams. “The law was not only the first time the United States created a socialized...

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July 2019 News – Healthcare Heats Up

News – July 2019 Making the Case: Industry pushes back, with “FUD” As comprehensive healthcare reform becomes more of a focus on the national political stage, it’s not surprising that those with a financial stake in keeping the status quo will also come out in force. And they are. The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future sounds pretty good, right? A coalition of healthcare and insurance industry...

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Maine AllCare News – June 2019 – Moving Into Summer

Making the Case: The Need for Comprehensive Health Care Reform In a May 31 opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program, outline the need for–and benefits of–comprehensive, carefully designed health care reform. “Halfway measures are politically attractive but economically unworkable. The $11,559 per capita that the United States spends on...

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