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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:41 PM

Paul LePage says he'd go to jail before he expands Medicaid without funding

Source: Portland Press Herald

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage says if a court tells him he must expand Medicaid without budgeted state funding, he’d go to jail before putting Maine in “red ink.”
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Nearly three out of five voters last fall supported expanding Medicaid to between 70,000 and 80,000 Mainers by July 2, making Maine the first state to vote at the ballot box in favor of expanding the health insurance program for low-income people.

The governor is fighting a court order requiring him to submit paperwork for Maine to receive federal funding. He vetoed a bill to fund Maine’s expansion costs with $60 million in surplus and tobacco settlement funds.

The bill provided state funding that would be supplemented by more than $500 million in federal funds. Supporters say costs to the state would be less than $50 million once the expansion is fully implemented, but opponents contend the cost could be twice that, potentially upending the state budget.

LePage and his Republican allies have demanded that the Legislature provide a “sustainable” funding mechanism for the expansion, although the governor has never defined what a sustainable mechanism would be. He has recently floated the idea of taxing hospitals to raise money, but he has never made a formal legislative proposal for such a tax.
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LePage has vetoed Medicaid expansion seven times during his two terms, and his opposition has been consistently upheld by Republican allies in the House. Expansion would open the program to Mainers who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That would be a yearly income of $16,753 for an individual and $34,638 for a family of four.


Read more: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/07/12/paul-lepage-says-hed-go-to-jail-before-he-expands-medicaid/



What a dick! Legislature provided a bill to fund it and he vetoed it. Not enough votes in legislature to overturn his veto. LePage would sooner go to jail than provide health insurance to poor people. I'd love to see him go to jail for this, but that's probably not likely.

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Reply Paul LePage says he'd go to jail before he expands Medicaid without funding (Original post)
Zing Zing Zingbah Jul 12 OP
sakabatou Jul 12 #1
dchill Jul 12 #2
whathehell Jul 12 #5
hibbing Jul 12 #3
Va Lefty Jul 12 #4
RhodeIslandOne Jul 12 #6
Floyd R. Turbo Jul 12 #7
Rebl2 Jul 12 #8
turbinetree Jul 12 #9
Voltaire2 Jul 12 #10
Freethinker65 Jul 12 #11
Soxfan58 Jul 12 #12
eppur_se_muova Jul 12 #13
Nitram Jul 13 #14

Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:48 PM

1. LePage would rather see the poor get sick and die

than actually do anything to help.

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:50 PM

2. Then let's get this party started!

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Response to dchill (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:57 PM

5. Lol..

My sentiments exactly.

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:51 PM

3. How courageous

Here in my state there was a ballot initiative to get expansion on the ballot in November and of course some Republicans filed a lawsuit the next day to try to prevent it from getting on the ballot.

Peace

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:52 PM

4. Lock. Him. Up!

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:57 PM

6. He probably has a cell already like Otis the Drunk

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 06:02 PM

7. Okay!

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 06:20 PM

8. Fine by me

There’s the door. Please proceed to your jail cell!!!

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 06:24 PM

9. Hey LePage .......................have you seen this picture.............he's a traitor ..

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and basically your a traitor to your state.....................some things like health care are more important than fucking money Lepage........................


November 2018 cannot get here fast enough..........................vote

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 06:36 PM

10. Works for me.

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 06:38 PM

11. Lock him up

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:08 PM

12. One way to solve this

Put Janet Mills in the Blaine House fellow mainers.

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:10 PM

13. Win win ! nt

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 08:36 AM

14. Go to jail? That can be arranged!

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