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State Organizations Endorsing HR676

  • Woolwich, Maine Democratic Committee

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Local 2327, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Augusta, ME
  • Greater Bangor Area Central Labor Council, Bangor, ME
  • Southern Maine Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Local 327, LIUNA
  • Central Maine Labor Council
  • Maine Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Western Maine Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, Lewiston, ME

Maine State News

Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018

By Phil Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News, August 26, 2018
A recent Associated Press story describing a study of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal for Medicare for all carried the alarming headline.

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017

By Richard C. Dillihunt, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, October 13, 2017
Seventeen years ago, I wrote an op-ed for the Maine Sunday Telegram headlined “Universal Medicare: The time is coming” (Nov. 19, 2000). Apparently I jumped the gun, as it has not taken place yet.

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

By Joshua Gear, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, June 26, 2017
As a piece of legislation intended to provide affordable, quality health care to the greatest number of Americans, the Affordable Care Act has failed miserably. Twenty million Americans remain uninsured and tens of millions more with insurance have trouble affording their co-pays or deductibles.

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

By Philip Caper, M.D., and Julie Pease, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Letters, Dec. 20, 2016
Maine AllCare has received many responses to the Dec. 5 Maine Voices column “Trump’s health care policy appears heavy on complexity, light on mercy.” One respondent correctly observed that not every industrialized country has a “single-payer” system.

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016

By Daniel C. Bryant | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Dec. 5, 2016
Will Donald Trump make our country’s health care system great again? Of course, for many it was never that great in the first place, but it is important to consider what changes may lie ahead during a Trump presidency. For this, we can turn to his website

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016

By John Benziger, M.D. | Kennebec (Maine) Journal
People are waking up to see that corporate greed is hurting Americans. We have a broken for-profit health care system. Quality is mediocre, and more than 25 million Americans are still uninsured. Medicare, Medicaid and hospitals are under threat of new cuts. Meanwhile the nation’s for-profit health industry nets billions in profits, and CEOs take home tens of millions in pay.

Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2015

By David L. Adams, M.D. | Portland Press Herald
So why not simplify things by going to a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system, as many industrialized countries around the world have done with striking success? That success can be measured by their administrative costs, which are less than half the costs of our system of private health insurance.

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015

By Julie Keller Pease, M.D. | The Times Record (Brunswick, Maine)
I was interested to read the article in Friday’s Times Record about the “Broader health care debate for 2016.” Giving prominence to “single payer” makes sense because only a single-payer plan can cover everyone for all medically necessary care, eliminate financial barriers to care, and allow free choice of doctor and hospital.

Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By William D. Clark, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
Medicare became law on July 30, 1965. Medicare runs economically. It’s equitable – we pay when working, not when sick!

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015

By John Sytsma, M.D. | Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal
By now, most people must realize how expensive the health care system has become under the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

By Dr. Philip Caper | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
Getting health care in the U.S. often seems first and foremost to be about money. Our first encounter when seeking health care always seems to be with the billing department, not a caregiver. The problem often is about too little money.

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015

By Julie Keller Pease, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
I was one of the many Atul Gawande fans in the audience at the Quality Counts conference in Augusta on April 1. My reason for being at the conference was to advocate for improving the health of all Mainers via a system of improved Medicare for all. If we expanded Medicare to include everyone in Maine, we not only would save money, but we would improve the quality of health care in our state.

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

By John Sytsma | Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal
Once again, a bill to study the benefits of a publicly funded, not-for-profit, universal health care system has been brought before the Legislature’s Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015

By Tom Walsh | The Ellsworth American
The quality of health care in America is not being "reformed" in any way through a program that, bottom line, not only encourages, but now requires, Americans to buy into a health care system that remains deeply flawed. It's an approach that makes health care less expensive and more accessible, but not better in terms of quality of care.

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By Richard Dillihunt, M.D. | Maine Medicine
For decades, I have admired the Canadian health care system, first while at a remote Northern Quebec fishing camp. There, impromptu sick call was held for the Cree, local aboriginal people with rights to this remote land. Members of this tribe had various complaints that we treated with our medical chest. Despite the difference in language in the elderly, the shyness barriers were easily overcome. They seemed completely confident in our medical abilities.

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015

By Julie Pease, M.D. | Maine Medicine
MMA’s Public Health Committee has designated access to healthcare as one of its priorities for 2015. During 2014, access to care changed for many Mainers. On the bright side, thousands who had previously been left out of our system are now newly insured and able to access healthcare.

Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015

By Heather Denkmire | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
Imagine this. You make an appointment with a doctor. You arrive, show your insurance card, and take a seat in the waiting area. You have your appointment. You leave. You pay nothing. You never receive a bill from an insurance company. You never have to call the doctor’s office or the insurance company — and wait on hold endlessly — to straighten out billing or reimbursement paperwork errors. You simply go to your doctor and receive medical care.

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014

By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
Elections matter. And when it comes to health care, the upcoming election on Nov. 4 will matter a lot. This seems an appropriate time to take stock of where we stand.

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By William D. Clark, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
Mistler reports tactical comments from gubernatorial candidates. No one mentions covering every Maine person with a fair and economical single-payer plan. Can Maine accomplish single-payer, and who would benefit?

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014

By William Babson Jr., M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
A recent study of the hospital costs in eight different nations published in the September issue of Health Affairs has determined that hospital costs in the U.S. in 2011 were much greater than those in all of the nations studied.

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014

By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
The U.S. healthcare system costs each of us about twice as much as those in other wealthy countries. Are we getting our money’s worth? Not by a long shot.

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014

By William D. Clark, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
We could establish a less complex, fairer and cheaper option than the one Emmert describes at UMaine. Health policy experts, economists, physicians and Congress people urge us to provide everyone with “improved Medicare for all.” Medicare for All is simple – from your first breath to your last one, you have access to private care, with choice of physician, hospital and rehabilitation facility.

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
The United States spends far more on medical care than other wealthy countries, due mostly to higher prices for health care goods and services. There is a reason for this. In U.S. politics, social progress comes at a high price if it threatens business interests.

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014

By William D. Clark, M.D. | Times Record (Brunswick, Maine)
I retired from internal medicine practice in Bath a few years back. As a physician, it pains me to see that the Affordable Care Act not only siphons off billions of dollars in public money to create more bureaucracy, but the ACA also transfers hundreds of billions of public funds to the insurance industry. It hurts because I know that those dollars should be paying for the healthcare that so many people in Maine so desperately need.

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

By Patty B. Wight | Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Supporters of universal health care are applauding an initial vote in the Maine House today that would authorize a study of implementing such a system in Maine. It's not the first time the issue has been studied in the state. But as Patty Wight reports, it's the first time supporters say the idea has gotten traction.

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014

By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
In today’s corporatized and increasingly monetized health care environment, the demands for generation of profit often directly conflict with our clinical judgment. The belief that doctors and other healers act as stewards for our patients’ welfare has long earned us a special place in society and the trust of our patients. That position and that trust, so critical to healing, is now threatened.

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

By Jackie Farwell | Bangor Daily News
With March 31 fast approaching as the deadline to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care act, the state’s largest physicians group has released new survey results showing Maine doctors favor a very different kind of health reform.

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014

By the editors | Maine Medicine Weekly Update
A recent survey of Maine Medical Association (MMA) members showed an increase in the percentage of members supporting a single-payer approach to health system reform.

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014

By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
How much tax would you be willing to pay to make sure somebody who can’t afford health care has to grovel to get it?

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

By Philip Caper, M.D. | The Ellsworth American
I fully understand that many people in our state rankle at the idea that somebody may get something they don’t deserve at their expense. But I also truly think they misunderstand the nature of the problem.

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

By Joe Lawlor | Kennebec (Maine) Journal
Jim Miller, president of WoodenBoat Publications in Brooklin, wants the decisions about how to provide health insurance for his employees taken out of his hands.

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

By Daniel C. Bryant, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
Though you wouldn’t know it from reading the Portland Press Herald, the Legislature is currently considering a bill – L.D. 1345, “An Act to Establish a Single-payer Health Care System To Be Effective in 2017” – to fund health care for all Maine citizens at an overall cost that would be less than what we currently pay.

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

By Alanna Durkin | The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A government-run health care system in Maine would provide universal coverage to residents, cut down on administrative costs and free businesses from the complexities of providing insurance for their employees, supporters of a single-payer model said Thursday.

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

By Seth Koenig | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine nurses group on Monday said President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, which is criticized by conservatives as overreaching, doesn’t go far enough toward universal health coverage.

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013

By Mario Moretto | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — Activists assembled at the State House on Tuesday to kick off an eight-state tour of the Northeast in support of health care reform.

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By Paul Koenig | Kennebec (Maine) Journal
AUGUSTA, Maine — Supporters of a government-funded universal health care system rallied on Tuesday outside the State House for the launch of a 10-day tour of eight cities considering legislation for their cause.

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

By Julie Pease, M.D. | Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)
In recent months, the people of Maine have witnessed activity by many different players in the health care system as Maine moves to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

By Daniel C. Bryant, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
On July 30, 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. As we note that anniversary, it is interesting to compare the health care news of our own day.

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013

By Dr. Philip Caper | Bangor Daily News
You know another storm is brewing when Washington politicians start looking for somebody else to blame for problems they themselves created.