B. Hixon: Send LePage back to Marden's

Gov. Paul LePage is so against Obamacare, he announced that he “won't lift a finger” to set up a health insurance exchange, or allow Medicaid expansion to provide insurance to 69,000 of the 120,000 Mainers presently uninsured.

He is against providing parents health care for sick children. He refuses to let the federal government pay the entire costs of covering newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries for the first three years, and 90 percent after that.

He even rejects millions of federal dollars to pay for it, so he is unconcerned about the additional pressure his actions will put on Maine's economy, and doesn't care that Maine families will receive no new Medicaid benefits, while tax dollars are sent to fund Medicaid expansion in other states.

He doesn't support Maine families having family doctors, either.

By not supporting Medicaid expansion, he will allow 27,000 more families to lose health care, including the young, those with disabilities and low-income parents.

Mary Mayhew, Maine Commissioner of Health and Human Services, is trying to convince other Republican states to reject expansion, yet eight Republican governors are signing up. Even Rick Scott, Republican governor of Florida, said that with the federal government picking up the tab, “ I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians needed access to health care.”

Gov. LePage is now a minority even within his own party, and deservedly so. He needs to be sent back to Marden's, where his damaged goods can't ruin everybody’s lives.

Bruce K. Hixon, Bowdoin

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Bruce Hixon's picture

When the Federal funds dry up?

Then Maine will elect another Republican Gov, give the rich another tax cut, and send the bill to the working class again. In the shape Maine is currently in, I think preaching conservative Party Dogma is a sign of the lack of ability to think at all and a possitive sign of mental disorder. Greed is very human, and manifests itself primarily in those who have, always whining about sharing with those that don't . IG Republicans. Thanks for the chuckle AL. If you find those dolls, let me know, I need one too LOL. I'm looking for a Paul LePage dog toy too!!

FRANK EARLEY's picture

It has nothing to do with money....

Paul LePage is not in control of his own actions. He is a robot for the "Republican Agenda". As long as we have a die hard, Right Side Thinking, Republican Policy following, hand puppet in office. We can not expect decisions to be made that will benefit the people of Maine. Just compare Paul LePage nd John Beahnor. Both these fools cherish the lime light of preventing anything from happening. Both of them will stand there and proclaim their wishes to work bilaterally, then in the same breath, refuse any bilateral attempts to accomplish something. It's getting to be a joke. The Republican Party needs to get rid of the anchors holding them down, and start working for the people who put them in office. Not just concentrating on their next campaign. What ever their elected office, it's not all about THEM, it's the people who put them there, that come first......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

The Federal government cannot

The Federal government cannot sustain its current level of spending, so who will pay when Federal fund dry up?

The answer is the people of Maine.

RONALD RIML's picture

So dig into your 'Stash' and pay the taxes you should.....


 's picture

Most of us pay all the taxes that the law requires,

It's the tax code itself that is messed up.The idea that somebody making $15000 a year, who after deductions and exemptions, pays no taxes at all, and then to top it off gets a $3000 earned income credit check just because they've had a kid or two is ludicrous. I didn't tell those people to have children, and I'm not inclined to pay for them just because their parents can't.
Yes, it may seem callous, but I've always earned just enough to put me above the earned income credit line which also put me just above the line for food stamps or free insurance. None of the agencies took into account the fact that, after paying my fair share of taxes, health insurance and food bills, I was left with less to live on than the person they gave all of these perks to. So there I was, left to pay for heat, electricity, rent, phone bills, internet, cable and the rest of the stuff that come with being a parent on a paycheck that was less than what the people getting welfare had.
This isn't a matter of not supporting Obamacare. This is a matter of making people responsible for their own decisions and lifestyle. If you cannot support children, don't have them. If you live an unhealthy life, suffer the consequences. I don't condone cutting care for those with disabilities that they were born with (social security provides for that) or for the elderly ( again, social security and medicare), but I draw the line at paying for those who would take from the system that I pay for by dint of being "poor" or "underemployed".
I went almost 15 years after high school without the benefit of insurance because I couldn't afford it or because my employers didn't offer it. The only time I did have it back then was during my military service. At my age, I would have liked to have had a slice of the "American Dream" that everyone keeps talking about, but it seems that it is reserved for immigrants and welfare recipients and that the average american worker has been left to fund it all.
I'm rather surprised that you, with your police and military background,can be so liberal. Policies that encourage the poor to stay that way while the rich get richer only lead to more crime and violence. I would think that having the poor become self supporting would mean less crime and therefore class advancement. But wait... if the poor started thinking on their own rather than following the welfare checks, the government would have a harder time convincing them to shut up and get stupid. Wouldn't it? We wouldn't need all the military and police...
So, you go right on being obstinate Mr. LePage. Keep Maine out from under the feds as much as you can at least until the sheep decide to vote you out in favor of Big Brother's minion.
I'm done ranting now. Thank you for listening

RONALD RIML's picture

Independent thinking never been your forte', Ed???

Ed McCaffrey writes: "I'm rather surprised that you, with your police and military background,can be so liberal."

 's picture

Independent thinking is always my forte'

I am neither a liberal nor a conservative. I happen to support both viewpoints. Where i draw the line is at the "Share the wealth" issue. I don't like the idea of working to support somebody who is unwilling to do the same for themselves, nor am I willing to support employers who offer less than livable wages for working people that they employ.
Employers paying wages that allow people to get ahead, without the benefit of government assistance, would go a long way towards getting people off of government assistance. The government reducing taxes on businesses so that they could pay employees a suitable wage to their employees and still make a profit (which is what a business is for, in case you'd forgotten) would do the same thing. A combination of both would solve the problem entirely.
But, since we seem to be a nation that continues to elect mental incompetents into office, I don't foresee that happening anytime soon. In the meantime, I will continue to pay my taxes at a level that guarantees that I will owe the government nothing, and they will owe me nothing at the end of the year. I'll be damned if the government, state or federal, is going to get an interest free loan from me.
My Father was a town cop and my uncle a State Trooper and the trouble that they had most of the time was from low income welfare recipients, so yeah, maybe I'm biased. And that was my point, in case you missed it. Make people, rather than the government, responsible for their state of living and maybe more of them would choose to live a lifestyle worthy of a CITIZEN rather than a dependent.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ronald, when is preaching the

Ronald, when is preaching the liberal philosophy called independent thinking?

I think most of us would call it reading from a script. Yet, the great Dr. Savage, PHd. demonstrates liberalism is a mental disorder, so we absolve you of you sin.

RONALD RIML's picture

Here is a Link to Recognized Mental Disorders

Refer and point out your and Dr. Savage's alleged claim, or continue to be known for the lying charlatan quacks that you are.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ronald puts people into two

Ronald puts people into two buckets, the poor and the rich. He tends to forget about all those in the middle who are paying the real bill.

RONALD RIML's picture

Ronald understands 'Distribution of Wealth in America"

Here's three views of it:

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Yea, your attitude is all

Yea, your attitude is all about “how can I get me some without working for it, and I'm jealous that persons has more than I." It is just not fair.

RONALD RIML's picture

Try it again

MARK GRAVEL's picture

So what does this study

So what does this study say?

1. Those 5000 Americas are not too bright, and
2. everyone, if asked, wants more money. Greed, a human emotion.

What is never asked in these studies, is how much effort would you invest to get more money. Of course people what more money with working for it.

P.S. Next time size your image to a more readable size.

RONALD RIML's picture

The wealth disparity in this country

will never come close to the lack of compassion in you heart.

Pardon me. You have no heart.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I rather teach a man or woman

I rather teach a man or woman to earn their own wealth, build savings and investments rather than take it from one just to give it to another.

AL PELLETIER's picture

He's out of luck, Bruce

His position as Marden's GM has been filled. Place runs much better now.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Why do you waste your time at

Why do you waste your time at the Chinese junk store?

AL PELLETIER's picture


Looking for Mark Gravel dolls to stick pins into.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Well Al, I can tell you one

Well Al, I can tell you one thing. Those dolls are only found in upscale stores; exclusively Macy’s.


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