Town resolutions ask for “an equitable health plan that provides every Maine resident with comprehensive medical care from birth to death”

Trenton is the latest town to pass a resolution in support of healthcare and it is the only town, so far, that has done so by a warrant article vote. In March and April of 2021, Bar Harbor, Surry and Brooksville approved resolutions in support of healthcare for everyone in Maine. Brooklin was preceded by the municipalities of Bangor, Blue Hill, Brunswick, Orono and Penobscot, which approved similar resolutions in 2020 (see links below). 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.”

Andrew Sarto presents to the Bangor City Council

The Bangor resolution was passed without debate during the February 10th 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 healthcare resolution on March 10th.  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 almost 20 years since a Maine city or town has expressed support for universal healthcare. 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 there is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.”

Click on the photo to hear Councilor Dan Ankeles explain why he sponsored the Brunswick resolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on these links to view the town resolutions:
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
Text of the 2001 Portland advisory referendum

Please consider asking your town to approve a resolve. For more information and assistance, contact info@maineallcare.org