Towns and cities around the state are passing resolutions asking for health care for every Maine resident “from birth to death.”
Woolwich was the latest town to pass such a resolution, in August 2021.
Earlier in 2021, Trenton, Bar Harbor, Brooksville, Surry and Brooklin passed similar resolutions. Trenton is the only town, so far, that has done so through a warrant article passed by voters.
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 Bangor resolution was passed without debate during the February 10 council meeting, at which several Maine AllCare members were present. The Blue Hill resolution was approved nine days later, and the Penobscot Select Board approved its health care resolution on March 10. All of the resolutions 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 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.
It has been more than 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 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.”
Would you like to ask your town to approve a resolution? For more information and assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.View the town resolutions at the links below:
Bangor Resolve 2-10-2020
Blue Hill Resolve 2-19-2020
Penobscot Resolve 3-10-2020
Brunswick Resolve 8-3-2020
Orono Resolve 10-19-2020
Brooklin Resolve 1-19-2021
Surry Resolution 3-2-21
Brooksville Resolve 3-31-21
Bar Harbor Resolution 4/20/21
Trenton Resolution 5-18-21
Woolwich Resolution 8-16-21
Text of the 2001 Portland advisory referendum