State of Maine Archives: on Health Care
Absolutely opposed to Medicaid expansion
Mayhew has adamantly opposed efforts to expand Medicaid, which she said will only increase the dependency of able-bodied adults on government entitlement programs, drain the state budget, and require cuts in services for the elderly and disabled.
Medicaid expansion "creates a golden circle around able-bodied adults," Mayhew said.
Helping able-bodied adults return to the workforce should be the priority, which will leave more resources for the elderly and disabled, she said.
Source: The Lincoln County News on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race
Jul 5, 2017
Her office took on drug manufacturer Mylan on price gouging
Last year, generic drug manufacturer Mylan jumped the price of a 2-pack of EpiPens, from about $100 in 2007 to over $600 last year. Last winter, the Maine Atty General's Office and Atty general's in 19 other states sued Mylan and
6 other generic drug companies for conspiring to artificially inflate prices and reduce competition for an antibiotic drug and an oral diabetes drug. Just because a drug is cheap for them to make does not mean any savings will be passed on to consumers.
Source: Mills OpEd in Press Herald on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race
Jun 28, 2017
Do better than backdoor deals that led to ObamaCare
When DC insiders cut secret deals in smoky back rooms, the little guy always loses. I recognize that the GOP leadership has a tough job, but that should not mean legislating behind closed doors.
We deserve better than the same kind of backdoor process that saddled us with ObamaCare in the first place. It's time to tamp down the rhetoric, fix our broken healthcare system, and start standing up for the little guy."
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Maine gubernatorial race
Jun 22, 2017
Apply principles of freedom to broken healthcare system
Glad @RandPaul [GOP Senator from Kentucky whose ObamaCare replacement plan focuses on deregulation]
is fighting to fix our broken healthcare system with principles of freedom.
Source: Twitter posting on 2018 Maine gubernatorial race
Feb 25, 2017
Replace ObamaCare with cross-state & group insurance
End ObamaCare and Replace with Free Market Solution to Improve Health Care: ACTION ITEMS:
It's a bad idea for the federal government to take over our free market health care industry. Although promised otherwise, millions of frightened Americans are seeing their
health insurance plans cancelled because they do not include unwanted and expensive coverage mandated by the new one-size-fits-all health care law.
- Promote competition among insurance companies to lower monthly premiums
- Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines
- Help those who can't
afford coverage with subsidies
- End ObamaCare exemption for Congress.
One alternative to ObamaCare is to allow families to shop across state lines to buy the
health insurance that fits our needs at a price we can afford, just like purchasing automobile insurance. Small businesses should also be allowed to band together to buy coverage.
Source: 2014 Maine House campaign website, PoliquinForCongress.com
Nov 4, 2014
Supports ObamaCare & universal health coverage
Source: 2014 Maine Senate campaign website BellowsForSenate.com
Aug 31, 2014
- I Support Universal Health Coverage: My mother went back to school to become a nurse, and I've seen up close how much good we can do in Maine when we expand healthcare coverage. I support universal access to affordable healthcare for all
Americans including acute, chronic, preventative, and long-term care. The Affordable Care Act is an important first step toward universal coverage, but it needs to be improved to expand coverage to all people and simplify the process for signing up.
- Protecting Patients and Ending the Repeal Debate: Republican Susan Collins voted against the Affordable Care Act and continues to call for full repeal of the law years after it became law--without offering a replacement solution.
Medicare and Medicaid: The federal government should be negotiating drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies, which would reduce costs for patients and save us billions of taxpayer dollars a year that now pad Big Pharma's bottom line.
Universal access to essential health care services
Whether they are old or young, employed or unemployed, and wherever they live, all Mainers should have access to preventive health care--because it is the right, fair and morally responsible thing to do, and because it is the financially and economically
smart thing to do. With universal access to essential health care services, Maine can muscle down our health care costs--while staying in the top tier of America's healthiest places and making Maine more competitive as a place to live and to work.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, CutlerForMaine.com
Dec 31, 2013
Medicaid and Medicare programs need to be strengthened
Maine Sen. Cynthia Dill and former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap defended the social programs and instead said they would look to taxation reforms and cuts in military spending as ways to balance the federal budget.
Dill called for fair tax policies that require the wealthy to pay their fair share, and cuts in military spending such as for weapons systems. "When it comes to Medicaid and Medicare, those are programs that need to be strengthened," she said.
Source: Morning Sentinel on 2012 Maine Senate debates
Jun 6, 2012
100% deductible cross-state insurance instead of ObamaCare
Our next senator must help provide families relief from the increasing burden of health care, not with Obamacare, but with common sense solutions like allowing businesses and individuals to purchase health insurance
like any other insurance, from the lowest cost provider anywhere in the United States and making the cost of that insurance like the cost of a mortgage, 100% deductible from an individual's federal income tax.
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, summersformaine.com, "Message"
Apr 13, 2012
ObamaCare individual mandate is constitutional
On energy, the candidates agreed that Maine's next U.S. senator should work hard to maintain federal low-income heating assistance because of the large number of Maine families that can't afford to fill their oil tanks and heat leaky homes.
They also agreed that the government should invest in weatherization programs to reduce the need for heating oil over the long term.
Source: KJ Online coverage of 2012 Maine Senate debate
Mar 31, 2012
MaineCare recipients contribute to statewide health coverage
Based on ability to pay, we ask MaineCare recipients to contribute to the cost of the state-sponsored health care coverage. Unfortunately, we are limited in the reforms we can offer in MaineCare because of the Affordable Care Act out of Washington.
Maine's generosity is being penalized by the federal government. There are additional savings to be had in MaineCare but federal mandates force us to look elsewhere.
Source: Maine 2011 State of the State Address
Feb 10, 2011
Ensure access to basic health care
Indicate which principles you support regarding health.
Source: 2006 Maine Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test
Nov 7, 2006
- Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Support patientsí right to sue their HMOs.
- Continue to support Dirigo Health in Maine.