Assistant GOP leader wants to override Medicaid expansion veto

AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate's assistant Republican Leader who helped craft a Medicaid expansion compromise says he is hopeful they can get enough votes to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto.

Roger Katz of Augusta said Tuesday that he is disappointed in the veto to expand Medicaid coverage, which came Monday night.

Katz authored an amendment to cut off Maine's participation in the expansion after three years, designed to ease Republican concerns about the potential costs on the state when the federal government begins to lower its share.

Votes in the House and Senate last week fell just short of the two-thirds majority now necessary to override the veto. Lawmakers are now working behind the scenes to get these votes before taking the bill up on the floor.

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

If Maine's participation in

If Maine's participation in the expansion is going to be cut off after 3 years, why even bother putting these people on now? You know damn well, after they've been on the program for 3 years no one is going to have the stones to take them off. The State's debt to the hospitals will be right back to where it is now.

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Adding 70,000 to the welfare rolls is a bad move

but the Governor is trying his best to prevent one big mistake. These 70,000 poor souls, adrift in life and without hope, will probably remain in the increasingly heavy chains of socialism for as long as other people's money doesn't dry up. They are doomed to life on the plantation, scrambling for scraps of bread thrown to them from Augusta. They are trapped in a system that encourages lack of personal accountability. Life is one continual do-over test, and they never improve their grade because they never bother to learn the answer in the first place.

Look around you. 1 out of every 3 people are on the state. They trudge, on foot, from one place to another, like zombies in a grade B movie. If they are lucky enough to ride, it's in an old car that is someone elses reject. Democrat politicians are quick to teach them that they are victims of one sort of bad lot in life after another. They give them an identity and strip them of any self esteem.

Soon it will be 1 out of 2. The older people in Maine will pass and their money will pass with them, mostly to their spawn living the good life amongst sandy beaches and palm fronds. The affluent, from the megalopolis south of here, will come up in the summer but will hug the coast, never seeing the abject poverty spreading over Maine like a glacier just off the beaten path. Those that want to work will strip their beds and clean their toilets, eaking out not even an existence as they pay higher and higher taxes that the welfare monster demands.

Then it will be 3 of 4. It will all Paul Lepage's fault. He bullied them.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

The people need to prevail..........

Paul LePage seems to have a personal score to settle. He is making increasingly irresponsible decisions. All these bills he's vetoing are the result of hours of taxpayer funded time. He seems to enjoy just throwing everything in the trash. no one but him has the ability to be correct, and no one should even try. I've said this before, it's like watching a slow motion car wreck, you know whats going to happen, you just can't do anything to stop it.......

I'm very disapointed in

I'm very disapointed in Senator Katz joing the Democrats. If he really trust the Dems in the future cost of this to Maine taxpayers, hes been very much misled.
He might as well kiss his future away in the GOP. He might have a better future with the Dems.

John  Pape 's picture

100% MaineCare participation is called Socialism

A safety net is not 50% of the entire state population, should the total number of citizens on MaineCare rise to 700,000. 70K is but a stepping stone to the higher number goal voiced. No money is free. When interest rates rise, and 40% of every federal dollar spent is borrowed, bad times await. Free federal dollars are NOT FREE! Let's get the 3,100 truly needy onto the roles. Our government ought to take care of the few truly needy!

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Maybe they are starting to see the writing on the wall

Ipsos Poll...
What’s particularly interesting about this poll is that solid majorities of Republicans favor most of the law’s main provisions, too.

Ipsos was asked to send over a partisan breakdown of the data. Key points: From Republicans.

* Eighty percent of Republicans favor “creating an insurance pool where small businesses and uninsured have access to insurance exchanges to take advantage of large group pricing benefits.” That’s backed by 75 percent of independents.

* Fifty-seven percent of Republicans support “providing subsidies on a sliding scale to aid individuals and families who cannot afford health insurance.” That’s backed by 67 percent of independents.

* Fifty-four percent of Republicans favor “requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance for their employers.” That’s backed by 75 percent of independents.

* Fifty two percent of Republicans favor “allowing children to stay on parents insurance until age 26.” That’s backed by 69 percent of independents.

* Seventy eight percent of Republicans support “banning insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions; 86 percent of Republicans favor “banning insurance companies from cancelling policies because a person becomes ill.” Those are backed by 82 percent of independents and 87 percent of independents.

* One provision that isn't backed by a majority of Republicans: The one “expanding Medicaid to families with incomes less than $30,000 per year.”

“Most Republicans want to have good health coverage,” Ipsos research director Chris Jackson tells me. “They just don’t necessarily like what it is Obama is doing.”

GARY SAVARD's picture

The SJ headline with the

The SJ headline with the video override is very catchy.

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