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 the February 10th council meeting, at which several Maine AllCare members were present. The Blue Hill resolve was approved 9 days later, and the Penobscot Select Board approved its healthcare resolve on March 10th. All of the resolves contain similar introductory “whereas” statements, noting that an equitable and comprehensive health plan for all would simplify our complicated and confusing system, eliminate administrative waste and improve the quality of life of our residents. The Brunswick resolve 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.
It has been almost 20 years since a Maine city or town has 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 healthcare. That referendum question resolved “that healthcare is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity and that here is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.”
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Please consider asking your town to approve a resolve. For more information about the process, contact Abbie Ryder at firstname.lastname@example.org.