Michaud: Support option

How can anyone continue to take U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud seriously when he utters nonsense when asked a clear question about whether or not he supports a public health insurance option?

In a letter to me when I asked him that question, he wrote, "One very serious concern with the current draft of the bill is that using Medicare-like rates for a public option would have a grave effect on Maine. Currently, the formula used to reimburse physicians and hospitals through Medicare puts rural states at a disadvantage by undercutting payments to our health-care providers and contributing to higher health care premiums in Maine. Making matters worse, there is a severe shortage of health-care providers in our state, and this number will continue to decrease unless we can develop a reimbursement system that will not drive our providers out of business and, ultimately, out of Maine altogether."

As is typical of a Blue Dog Democrat, he cannot make a good, fact-driven, decision, even if it will benefit the majority of his constituents. As proof, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report showing the effect of the health care bill on each Congressional district and the result for Maine's 2nd District. Of the 91,000 people without health insurance, that number would decline by 72,000 under the current health care reform bill.

Michaud should know that area residents need a public health insurance option, not his rambling equivocation.

Dave Chirayath, Lewiston

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RONALD RIML's picture

MO4 Reckon you didn't read

MO4

Reckon you didn't read the rest of the posts - did you.

I admitted you were correct - and even found the statute and section which actually set the exemption from $13,00 back to $10,000 - which appeared beyond your capability.

If you can't keep up, at least take notes....

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David A. Has anybody noticed

David A.
Has anybody noticed that its only liberals who assault people at these town hall meetings. They with the help of their union thugs are the ones biting fingers off, punching people in the face and trying to intimidate anyone they can. Chirayath the bully, doesn't really surprise me.

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Nobody has noticed, because

Nobody has noticed, because there is no basis in reality. The one who lost his finger lost it throwing a punch. And then he used his Medicare to get treatment.
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RONALD RIML's picture

And you're a prime example

And you're a prime example of someone who was unable to find the law which backed up your claim on the Homestead Exemption.

Under literacy requirements for voting - or 'tests' - as you say - you'de be disenfranchied. (Just as you're recommending)

But luckily for you - the Supreme Court found such tests unconstitutional. You weren't aware of that? What if that were on 'The Test?'
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When I was a young Sailor - I drank like a Sailor, fought like a Sailor, and screwed like a Sailor. Now that I am old and wise - I have a few scars, but many fond memories.

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a better question is how can

a better question is how can anyone take dave seriously when he shows up at a republican meeting in lewiston (2 years ago), started yelling at the people there and when asked to leave he refused, so a 65 year old grandmother pulled out her cell phone to call the police and then he assulted her? yeah tough guy I remember that. you are lucky she didn't press charges. but dave like all the other libtards you are confusing access to health insurance with access to health care and when you add 50 million more and limit cost you get rationing. plus showing absoultely no concept about how businesses operate, you should realize that when a government option is available businesses are going to drop health care as a benefit to reduce costs and the estimates are about 150 million people will be forced into the government plan. any guesses what that will do to the system? do you think it might stress it a little more? a week or so ago Dear Abby had a column where people wrote in complaining about how unfair it was to wait more than 15 minutes in the doctors waiting room. are you ready for a 15 month wait? you libtards are so compassionate, so caring, so friggin' stupid.
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"150 million people will be

"150 million people will be forced into the government plan" Where'd you get that? Glen Beck? CBO says more like 8 million.
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here you go doofus, sorry

here you go doofus, sorry i'm late i've been working. do you know what that is?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958544583612437.html

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