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Tue Nov 7, 2017, 10:43 PM

Maine just resoundingly became the first state to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative

Source: WA Post

Less than two months after Republicans' latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act imploded, a purple state just made a decidedly blue-state move to essentially expand Obamacare.

On Tuesday, Maine became the first state to expand Medicaid with a ballot initiative. And it passed overwhelmingly: Maine voters agreed to grant health care to an estimated 70,000 low-income residents by a nearly 20-percentage point margin by the time the measure was called by election watchers. In other words, a sizable number of voters in Maine just voted to do the exact opposite of what the state's Republican governor and Republicans in Washington have been trying to do.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bipartisan legislative deal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act at least five times. Since Republicans took control of Washington in January, they've spent more than half the year trying to repeal Obamacare with proposals that would have drastically cut Medicaid. But Maine's Sen. Susan Collins (R) was one of the defining “no” votes that ultimately ended the GOP efforts, saying the plans would pull the rug out from too many in her state.

What happened in Maine could provide momentum for progressives to get voters in other states to expand Medicaid, such as Alaska and Idaho, where groups have already started similar Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives next year


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/07/maine-could-become-the-first-state-to-expand-medicaid-by-ballot-initiative/?utm_term=.f36584d8dc6c

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pnwmom Nov 7 OP
Hayduke Bomgarte Nov 7 #1
mdbl Nov 9 #14
burrowowl Nov 7 #2
hibbing Nov 7 #3
Honeycombe8 Nov 7 #4
SergeStorms Nov 8 #5
pnwmom Nov 8 #6
SergeStorms Nov 8 #7
Ghost of Tom Joad Nov 8 #9
SergeStorms Nov 8 #13
sab390 Sunday #16
bagelsforbreakfast Nov 8 #8
Ukapau Nov 8 #10
sandensea Nov 8 #11
lagomorph777 Nov 8 #12
beachbum bob Nov 9 #15

Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Tue Nov 7, 2017, 10:45 PM

1. I imagine

Gov. Paul LePuke is apoplectic

At least I like to imagine it.

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Response to Hayduke Bomgarte (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 9, 2017, 08:10 AM

14. He is looking for every loophole

to circumvent what the voters told him to do. I wouldn't be surprised if he breaks the law doing it. Typical repuglican.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Tue Nov 7, 2017, 10:56 PM

2. K&R!!!!!!

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Tue Nov 7, 2017, 11:01 PM

3. Imagine that, people caring about fellow citizens

I don't want to get too excited about tonight because we all know that the other side will use all kinds of nefarious means to suppress the vote, but I do have a little hope restored.


Peace

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Tue Nov 7, 2017, 11:04 PM

4. The news just keeps coming and coming. My head is swimming!

A resounding rejection of all that's been going on all year. Including health care.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 02:39 AM

5. That's HUGE!

The people of Maine have overwhelmingly decided to take care of their own. The politicians in Maine had better change their outlook on life if they want to remain politicians in Maine.

Hooray for Maine! Empathy wins out over greed and malice. Way to go!

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 02:40 AM

6. I hope this makes the R's in Congress sit up and take notice.

They oppose universal healthcare at their peril!

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 03:36 AM

7. I think this election....

is going to knock a lot of Republicans off the fence, which is where they've been sitting, trying to decide if Trump's gravitational pull is enough to redefine what 'Republican' means. I think yesterday's results will wake them up and assure them that Trump's "revolution" is nothing more than a flash in the pan. People just don't want what Trump's selling. He was the protest vote in 2016, and now they see what happens when you waste your vote on an inexperienced egomaniac.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 07:10 AM

9. I agree

They need to be reminded that Hillary won by almost 3 million votes. TV pundits never seem to remember that fact.

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Response to Ghost of Tom Joad (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 06:44 PM

13. TV pundits....

make their living by prolonging controversy. They keep stirring the ashes, hoping to ignite another dying ember. Jerks.

Love your screen name, by the way. The Grapes of Wrath is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's timeless.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 12, 2017, 08:51 PM

16. Read the book

The opening scene of the truck ride is so tense. When he gets out and says "homicide". One of the great American antiheros. And the greatest stories of redemption.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 05:32 AM

8. And with a 20% margin!!! n/m

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 10:43 AM

10. Wonderful progress! In VA, the most important issue for 40% of the voters was health care -- so this

 

is high, high on the list for anyone with a beating heart and a sense of empathy!

I am hopeful this will spread to more and more states.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 10:59 AM

11. Three cheers for the good people of Maine - but can LePig still block this?

From what I've seen, Baron Harkonnen will pull anything - including third world-style decrees - to get his way.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Nov 8, 2017, 11:02 AM

12. Guv'nor LePrick must be so proud.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Nov 9, 2017, 09:12 AM

15. granting healthcare is one thing, funding is another even with

medicaid "expansion", there is cost to any state sooner or later

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