When Paul LePage was governor, Mainers suffered when he denied them health care.

He vetoed Maine’s 90-100% federally funded expansion of MaineCare to 70,000 Mainers and blocked it even after voters approved it by referendum.

Before that, he cut 65,000 people off MaineCare entirely (see Portland Press Herald, Dec. 7, 2011).

I knew a person recovering from addiction who was cut off from her prescription treatment. A friend of a friend had her breast cancer reoccur and died. Maybe she would have died anyway, I was told, but she suffered unnecessarily, afraid to seek care for fear of the cost.

Republicans, with unreal political fervor, denied this cruelty would result from their cuts. But it was very real.

Gov. Janet Mills expanded MaineCare on her first day in office, and many more people are now covered.

For the sake of real Maine people, voters should keep LePage and his supporters out of office.

Mary Henderson, Topsham

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