Investment in health



To the Editor:

Seventy thousand hard-working Mainers can’t afford health coverage. That’s the bad news.

When they seek emergency room services, the rest of us pay, or hospitals add debt. Maine taxpayers have sent $1 billion to Washington that is allocated to states expanding Medicare. We add over $300 million to this outflow every year. Maine lacks resources to help our health care system meet the opioid addiction crisis. This is nuts.

The good news is that Mainers can change this ugly picture by voting “Yes” this November on referendum Question 2 to expand MaineCare.

If we vote “Yes” on 2, more than $300 million in federal funds will come to Maine each year to help 70,000 folks with low-wage or seasonal jobs afford health care coverage.

This federal investment will create 3,000 good health care jobs. We’ll fight the opioid epidemic. And Maine hospitals, especially in rural areas, will expand coverage and reduce debt.

A bipartisan majority of our Maine legislators have voted to enhance MaineCare with federal funds five times, only to be vetoed by Gov. LePage. This November, it’s time for a Maine majority to expand health care. Vote “Yes” on 2.

Jack Russell

Mount Desert

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