State of Maine Archives: on Health Care
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 patients’ right to sue their HMOs.
- Continue to support Dirigo Health in Maine.
Fund prevention programs “Campaign for a Healthy Maine”
A substantial portion of the health care bill in Maine is avoidable, because it relates to health care costs we bring on ourselves - through choices about the way we live. Four chronic diseases - cardiovascular and lung disease, cancer, and diabetes-
all related to smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet- kill 75% of Maine people.
I propose that we use the money received from the national tobacco settlement primarily for a Campaign for a Healthy Maine, an initiative which empowers state agencies,
communities, schools, and health care providers to effectively address this chronic disease epidemic [focusing on]:
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Maine legislature
Jan 24, 2001
- Prevention and cessation of smoking in Maine, especially among our young people.
- Promoting prevention measures within our
schools and our communities.
- Alcohol and substance abuse prevention.
- A new psychiatric treatment center and investments in community mental health that will improve the delivery of these critical services.
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