Towns and cities around the state have passed resolutions urging the Maine Legislature to ensure comprehensive health care for every Maine resident.
The resolutions note that an equitable and comprehensive health plan for all would simplify our complicated and confusing system, greatly reduce administrative costs, and improve the quality of life for Maine residents. Maine AllCare volunteers and other supporters of health care for all have pursued, in most cases successfully, resolutions in their communities.
Brewer is the latest town or city to pass such a resolution, in January 2022, thanks to efforts by Cokie Giles of the Maine State Nurses Association and National Nurses United. Woolwich, Trenton, Bar Harbor, Brooksville, Surry, and Brooklin passed similar resolutions in 2021. Trenton and Woolwich are the only towns, so far, that have done so through a warrant article voted on by the town’s citizens.
The municipalities of Bangor, Blue Hill, Brunswick, Orono, and Penobscot approved resolutions in 2020. The resolutions request the Maine Legislature “to create an equitable health plan that provides every Maine resident with comprehensive medical care from birth to death.”
The Brunswick resolution specifically mentions dental, mental health, vision, and hearing care in addition to medical care, and also contains additional “whereas” statements referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before 2020, it had been more than 20 years since a Maine city or town had expressed support for universal health care. In 2001, Portland voters approved an advisory referendum question, a resolution supporting the creation of a system of universal health care. That referendum question resolved “that healthcare is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity and that there is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.”
View the town resolutions at the links below. Learn more about the process in Orono and the experience of Maine AllCare volunteer Kathy Bourgoin.
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Brewer Resolution January 2022
Woolwich Resolution August 2021
Trenton Resolution May 2021
Bar Harbor Resolution April 2021
Brooksville Resolve March 2021
Surry Resolution March 2021
Brooklin Resolve January 2021
Orono Resolve October 2020
Brunswick Resolve August 2020
Penobscot Resolve March 2020
Bangor Resolve February 2020
Blue Hill Resolve February 2020