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Tweets on Maine Senate Debate of LD 1487, GOP Medicaid Expansion (UPDATE: 22-13 vote)

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Tweets gathered from multiple sources discussing Maine Republican Senators Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) and Tom Saviello (R-Franklin)’s Medicaid expansion bill LD 1487, “An Act To Implement Managed Care in the MaineCare Program”. The bill was debated on the floor of the Senate on 3/12/14.

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UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, Speaking: Sen. Alfond

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, Speaking: Sen. Craven

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Craven

 

Debate begins in Senate on Medicaid expansion, LD 1487. #mepolitics

Sen Craven: “Ideology is a very secure jail.” #mepolitics

 

Maine Senate begins Medicaid expansion debate. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/4s0gckSzuK

 

Here we go. LD 1487. Craven: “It’s been a long time coming.” #mepolitics

 

Craven: with the stroke of the pen we could create jobs and save lives #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen. Margaret Craven: Accepting the federal dollars to expand health coverage to 70,000 low-income Mainers is the… http://fb.me/6G6T788wp 

 

Bill Nemitz: Senator’s health-care suggestion may hurt those who listen http://www.pressherald.com/politics/Bill_Nemitz__Senator_s_suggestion_could_come_back_to_bite_Affordable_Care_Act_applicants_.html … #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Katz

 

Craven: do the right thing for the people of Maine today. #coverMEnow http://ow.ly/uvQ3b  #mepolitics

 

Katz: unlike Washington we can get beyond rhetoric and get things done. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Sen. Roger Katz: Expanding healthcare coverage today would mean a $1 billion stimulus to our economy.

 

Accepting federal funds will save Maine lives, money and create jobs #157 #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Katz: “It’s us versus them. It doesn’t have to be that way.” #mepolitics #1487 pic.twitter.com/M8SLV5pua5

 

#coverMEnow http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/?og=1  #mepolitics

 

Katz: Mentioning Medicaid expansion around here an invitation to brawl #mepolitics

 

Medicaid expansion being debated, with @SenRogerKatz pitching his bill on @ME_Senate floor. Listen here: http://1.usa.gov/N6z9zq  #mepolitics

 

The floor debate on LD 1487 just began in the Maine Senate. This bill would allow Maine to accept federal funds… http://fb.me/2JS9l16Aq 

 

ME can join all the other New England states to expand health ins to our neediest 70k MErs. What’s stopping the GOP?#coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Katz, co-sponsor of Republican amendment, says managed care provision will help Medicaid budget overruns #mepolitics

 

Katz: MaineCare is “the Titanic headed right for the iceberg whether we expand or not,” saying managed care will help overruns. #mepolitics

 

Steve Robinson ‏@Stevie_Rob 

@mikeshepherdME Is Katz saying, we’re already sinking, so what’s one more iceberg? #MEpolitics

 

Katz: everyone can be a winner with this compromise expansion bill. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Katz: this bill will provide SAVINGS. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Katz: Savings in bill will be used to pay down Medicaid oft-discussed wait list, also includes fraud prevention provisions.

 

A primer on the Katz-Saviello Medicaid expansion bill: http://goo.gl/6G8lDG  #mepolitics

 

Katz: we are turning our backs on $1M if we don’t expand MECare health insurance. this $$ will go to middle class. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Katz: we should be popping champagne bottles b/c of the economic boost expansion will bring. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Katz: we can’t turn our back on the opportunity to improve economy, we’re turning away $1 million a day by not taking funds #mepolitics

 

Senator Roger Katz: Expanding coverage means a net savings to state and injection of $1 billion into Maine’s economy. #mepolitics

Katz: today is our opportunity to prove we can work together and find common ground #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Katz: most ppl expect us to work together on the hardest issues to get things done. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Woodbury

 

Sen Katz: urges Republican colleagues to push past ideology. #mepolitics

 

Katz asks: are we incapable of working together (zoom: GOP) #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Woodbury: as someone with health insurance there’s a fairness aspect to expanding health insurance. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Senator Richard Woodbury: Expanding healthcare coverage is a statewide economic development incentive. #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Saviello

 

RIGHT NOW: Tell your State Senator to accept the federal dollars! http://fb.me/23owNKcUm 

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Gratwick

 

Gratwick: As a doctor i’ve spent 45 years keeping ppl healthy. this bill helps to do that. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Senator Gratwick 157 people will die if we do not expand MaineCare #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen. Geoff Gratwick, MD: 157 people will die in Maine if we do not expand MaineCare. #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Hamper

 

Sen. Gratwick, MD reminds us that an estimated 157 mainers will die if federal funds not accepted. http://www.157mainers.com  #mepolitics

 

Hamper now speaking against. Notes previous liberal opposition to managed care. #mepolitics

 

GOP Sen. Saviello: health care plan will boost Franklin County’s economy, improve lives http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/post/79359948054/franklin-county … #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Of interest to listen to a Republican argue against privatizing Medicaid services (to managed care) #mepolitics

 

Hamper got facts wrong: hospitals actually support expanding health insurance to 70k MErs. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

Hamper takes them back to 2001 expansion and then debate of LD1301. “Once again we are hearing the mermaids … #mepolitics

 

Sen. Hamper waxing overly poetic against Medicaid expansion. Too bad his pretty words mean that our neighbors will suffer.

 

Sen. Gratwick: What health care means for his neighbors. Read a story from Susan of Bangor http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/post/79358719471/susan-alexa-bangor … #mepolitics #coverMEnow

James Hamper, R-Oxford, reading testimony from 2001 expansion debate, noting similarity of arguments today. #mepolitics

 

Another first for me in the Maine Senate: Dr. Phil just quoted during a floor speech. Medicaid expansion has officially jumped the shark…

 

FACT CHECK ON HEALTH CARE OPPONENTS: Total spending on Medicaid in Maine was the same in 2013 as it was in 2009 #mepolitics #coverMEnow

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Valentino

 

Sen Hamper: Thanks for not ruining another classic rock song for me as you did in your speech last year against Medicaid. #mepolitics

 

Hamper’s testimony was eloquent. Nice reference to playwright from Greek antiquity. #MEpolitics

 

States that accept federal health care $ will see slower growth in Medicaid programs http://bit.ly/1aCIN6f  #mepolitics #coverMEnow

Sen. Valentino, Chair of Workforce, stands up in favor, cites financial benefits of improving health care costs #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Cain

 

Promises made in 2001 expansion are being made again in 2014 — 2001 promises failed – why believe them now?

Sen. Valentino: I’m supporting expansion for the 8,196 people in York County who will gain access to healthcare #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen Hamper – we are hearing the siren songs of Federal money

Valentino: how can you vote against the jobs for your county. in my country it’s 500 jobs. expand health ins.#coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Wow. Gratwick playing the #LePageIsAMurderer card hard. #MEpolitics

 

I’ll ask you again @Stevie_Rob Why are you attributing a statement to Sen Gratwick that he didn’t say? Why are you lying? #mepolitics

 

This is rich. Terry Hayes talking on @MPBN about civil discourse as @MaineDems call LePage, GOP murderers. #MEpolitics

 

@Stevie_Rob @MPBN @MaineDems Terry’s a good person. She stands up to them when she knows they’re wrong. I respect her for that.

Cain: Tiffany is doing everything she can to help herself. expanding healthcare isn’t partisan. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Senator Cain: It’s up to us to say yes to expansion to help hardworking men & women across ME #mepolitcs #coverMEnow

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Tuttle

 

Patty Kidder, woman Sen. Tuttle is talking about, is an @MainePeople regular. I bet Tipping or Chipman wrote her comments. #MEpolitics

 

Senate needs 24 of 35 votes to get a veto-proof bill. This is a real test balloon. Medicaid expansion debate.#mepolitics

 

Tuttle: vets in this room are lucky we are covered. some of the kids coming back from Iraq will be helped by this.#coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Sen. Tuttle talks as veteran about health care. Here is Navy Veteran Tom Ptacek’s story. http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/post/79359860667/thomas-ptacek-portland … #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Tuttle: 8,196 people will have access to health care in York County with expansion. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

Sen Tuttle shares Patty Kidder of Springvale’s story. Proud to be in the fight with Patty. #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Burns

 

Republicans reiterate again current MaineCare program already makes up 25% of state budget up from 13% in 1998. #mepolitics

 

Sen. Burns speaks against healthcare. Here’s what Washington County will lose if he votes no http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/post/79358705556/washington-county … #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

More on the Kidders, from last year: http://www.pressherald.com/news/medicaid-standoff-has-serious-consequences-for-needy_2013-06-02.html?pagenum=full … #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Lachowicz

 

What’s next for Jed without his medication? http://youtu.be/6dpT0qt-5BY  #mepolitics

 

#mepolitics The bipartisan healh care plan would reduce wait lists for home care services. PPH editorial http://bit.ly/1fTYjhL  #coverMEnow

 

Maine’s spending on Medicaid, per recipient, is the lowest in New England and the state ranks 26th nationally. #mepolitics

 

Lachowicz: expanding health ins saves lives. ppl we know. family, friends. the person we see bagging our groceries. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen. Colleen Lachowicz is sharing personal stories of Mainers whose lives are on the line. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Nobody has the duty to save lives. But if you just stand by and let people die, what does it say about your basic humanity? #MEPolitics

 

Dems: jobs and better health for constituents. GOP: pats on the head from LePage. #seeyouinNovember #mepolitics

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Dutremble

 

Dutremble: as a paramedic i see 1st hand when ppl say i can’t go to hosp b/c it will cost too much and no insurance. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Dutremble: do what is right for the ppl of ME and give the coverage to our friends family and neighbors #coverMEnow #mepolitics

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Boyle

 

Sen Lachowicz: David Carpenter of Waterville lost his MECare and had a heart attack a few weeks later. #157 #mepolitics

 

Sen. Jim Boyle, who is a small business owner: Accept the federal dollars. It’s important to small businesses. #mepolitics

 

Facts are facts. 157 Mainers are expected to lose their lives if we don’t accept federal funds & we will remember in November #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Mason

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Vitelli

 

Sen Mason: “There is no such thing as public money.” I haven’t heard that one before. #mepolitics

 

Mason urges the defeat of expanding health care to 70k mainers. that’s 5,829 of Mason’s constituents. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Vitelli: who will be helped by expanding health ins? a single dad who works as a barber but doesn’t earn enough $$#coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

VItelli: cost IS an obstacle to care. #coverMEnow #mepolitics

Tweets on Maine Senate Debate of LD 1487, GOP Medicaid Expansion #mepolitics #coverMEnow http://wp.me/p1KSWj-1bq 

 

Sen. Eloise Vitelli: Small business owners throughout Maine will benefit from healthcare expansion. They deserve our support. #mepolitics

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Langley

 

.@BrianDLangley stance on Medicaid expansion upcoming: Could be a swing vote; voted against expansion last year. We’ll see. #mepolitics

Langley, a no-vote on expansion last year, says he’s seen workers quit jobs before earning too much to give up free health care #mepolitics

 

22 Senate votes in the tank for expansion, Ds, I, Katz, Saviello. 24 needed for veto-proof margin. Are 2 more GOPers there? #mepolitics

@mikeshepherdME Flood?

 

Langley’s a no on expansion. Only way to veto-proof margin I see is with Flood and Whittemore supporting. #mepolitics

 

Sen. Troy Langley turns his back on 70,000 Mainers who need quality, affordable healthcare. #mepolitics

 

@WorkingMaine BRIAN Langley… Senate Majority Leader TROY Jackson aka @Troy4Congress fully supports expansion #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen. Brian Langley turns his back on 70,000 Mainers who need quality, affordable healthcare. #mepolitics

 

Debate on expanding health care and the GOP left chamber #mepolitcs pic.twitter.com/w9Y0OkZ9e1

 

Sen Johnson tells story of sister elizabeth–a nun who is a childless adult–who can’t get MECare. Yes, I said she is a nun. #mepolitics

 

Langley: thought deeply about this, but too afraid that one County Dem committee will make Maine do single payor. #makessense #mepolitics

Sen. Johnson talks about a lobsterman in his district who lost critical health care last year because of politics. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

@mainesenatedems Sen. Johnson on what health care means for Lincoln County http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/post/79359935046/lincoln-county … #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen. Chris Johnson: Expansion is the right decision morally and ethically, and it is also fiscally responsible. #mepolitics

 

Senate debating expanding healthcare to Mainers and GOP left chamber. #mepolitics#coverME now

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Why is someone who’s working to make ends meet less deserving of subsidized H/C insurance than someone earning more than he is? #MEPolitics

 

@andiparkinson2 @WorkingMaine @Troy4Congress Darn that Sen. Troy Langley. #mepolitics

 

That executive director of the #MEGOP @jsavage207 sure is following Reagan’s rule regarding #GOP Senators Katz and Saviello. #mepolitics

 

Remember in November…#mepolitics #covermenow #gopmia pic.twitter.com/Et07Qvw7KY

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Cushing

 

Access to MaineCare saved our lives. http://youtu.be/YbSGiyRt57U  #mepolitics

 

Sen Johnson references “the least among you,” from Matthew 25: sheep and the goats. “I was sick and you looked after me.” #mepolitics

 

weird @jsavage207. “this is health insurance we’re talking about” Sen. Cushing. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen. Cushing has one concern: He believes we should balance the state budget on the backs of those with the least. #mepolitics

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Sherman

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Patrick

 

A solid majority in the Maine Senate supports accepting federal health care funds, as does a solid majority of Maine people. #mepolitics

Very disappointed in Sen. Langley’s speech in Maine Senate http://157mainers.com  #mepolitics

 

Sherman: no Medicaid b/c inflation under Carter. #makessense #mepolitics

“Clarify that healthcare is not a right.” – #MEGOP platform Well they sure are doing that now. #mepolitics

 

Langley, a no-vote on expansion last year, says he’s seen workers quit jobs before earning too much to give up free health care #mepolitics

More governing via anecdote Thanks @SenBrianLangley#mepolitics @stevemistler

 

Any prescient headline writers out there as Senate still debates Medicaid expansion measure? #mepolitics passes? 24 votes? or only 23?

 

The #GOP to Maine: Suck it up! You don’t need no stinkin’ health care like people all over the world & across the USA. #mepolitics

 

Patrick: what is the value of a life? 50 lives. if we don’t pass this there will be cost of lives to our citizens #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen. Sherman (R-Houlton) on voting to deny Mainers health care: “We tend to personalize these things.” Including in November! #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Jackson

Senator Patrick defines the plight of thousands of Mainers who are the invisibles: Working hard to be ignored. #MEPolitics

 

Sen. Partrick on health care: “We are talking about people’s lives” #mepolitics #coverMEnow Check out their stories: http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/ 

 

Can’t get why Maine’s Governor and many in his party would watch Maine tax money get spent on health care for others but not us. #mepolitics

 

Jackson: expanding health ins can help correct the unfairness of bad things happening to good ppl #coverMEnow #mepolitics

 

Starting to think @MaineDems won’t be happy until our roads are dirt, our schools decrepit, and welfare = 80% of state budget. #mepolitics

 

Senator Troy Jackson supporting Maine Medicaid Expansion: Life isn’t always fair. That’s why we should be. #MEPolitics

 

@mainesenatedems What health care means for Aroostook County http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/post/79359955514/aroostook-county … #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Jackson: if i were not an elected official i’d likely be 1 of those ppl you’re talking about w/o insurance. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen Jackson: I’m standing here with my 3rd pacemaker only because I have health insurance as an elected official #mepolitics #CoverMEnow

Jackson: i have my 3rd pacemaker-only b/c i have ins. what about those who don’t? #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

some ppl do everything they can to make their life better. they deserve for lawmakers to make the right choice. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Yes, that’s snow in the window beyond Sen. Patrick in the distance. #mepolitics medicaid debate enters 3rd hour. pic.twitter.com/Hwf764waRX

 

GOP mantra: don’t get sick #mepolitics #coverMEnow

Sen. Jackson on how health care would help loggers like him keep working #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Any prescient headline writers out there as Senate still debates Medicaid expansion measure? #mepolitics passes? 24 votes? or only 23?

@thisdog I’m saying 23 votes, 1 short. #mepolitics

@mikeshepherdME @thisdog Who’s the empirical ear to the ground who can identify the swing vote, would be my question. #mepolitics

@thisdog @emilydshaw Flood is my 23rd. Whittemore’s the only hope for 24. #mepolitics

@mikeshepherdME @thisdog Right- and with no Langley, I doubt it too. http://emilydshaw.com/2013/06/10/pivot-points-or-why-we-might-believe-sen-katz-on-mainecare/ … from last time. Love your careful attn and work!

@emilydshaw @mikeshepherdME @thisdog Yep. Short of serious change of heart, 23.

 

Jackson: what do you say to ppl who are doing everything they can to help themselves. what do u say 2 them GOP? #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

“What do these people do while we’re waiting?” #saysitall #mepolitics

 

For the first time, Sen. Troy Jackson is challenging the GOP myth of the “lazy able-bodied Mainer. Atta boy, Troy.

 

Winding down debate on Medicaid expansion in state Senate.

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Whittemore

 

Whiitemore is out too. #mepolitics will it even reach 23 votes now.

Make that Whittemore. #mepolitics

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Millett

 

Millett: 61% of Mainers support expansion. (familiar number) #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Whittemore is a no on Medicaid expansion. That looks like 23 votes, not enough to override a future LePage veto.

 

@mikeshepherdME Maybe Thibodeau comes in and surprises everyone?

 

Sen. Wittemore claims Mainers w/o insurance are better off without it. He says there are “wiser choices.”// For whom? For them? #MEPolitics

 

via @aedurkin & @AP: Republicans offer alternative to growing MaineCare http://www.pressherald.com/politics/Republicans_offer_option_to_growing_MaineCare.html … #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Thibodeau

 

Millett: ME biz compete w biz in states that have already expanded healthcare. good economics. help ME compete#mepolitics #coverMEnow

Maine Democrat messaging has literally turned into “vote for MaineCare expansion or you are murdering people”

 

Will Thibodeau suggest welfare fraud as the answer to uninsured “Gappers” again? #mepolitics

 

Thibodeau hopes just as he respects Katz, Dems’ views, Dems will respect his on merits. Meanwhile, left accuses GOP of murder. #mepolitics

 

Medicaid debate in ME Senate today confirms we need a governor who will sign good laws that serve ME people; vote @Michaud2014 #mepolitics

 

RT @DSorensenME: … Meanwhile, left accuses GOP of murder. #mepolitics// Not murder, willful disregard.

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Alfond

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Haskell

 

Sen. Thibodeau speaking. Nemitz on Sen’s plan for ME ppl to falsify income to get healthcare http://bit.ly/1hcI7Vo  #mepolitics #coverMEnow

@Troy4Congress speaking truth today, just like last year… Troy Jackson’s Heart http://wp.me/p1KSWj-NM  #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Since January 1st Maine has rejected over $900,000 PER DAY that would provide coverage to 70,000 uninsured… http://fb.me/6yy7y1ah1 

 

.@RABMaine Katz/Saviello addresses the wait lists #mepolitics cc @jonhinck

 

With murder rhetoric, Maine Dems far surpass anything they’ve ever accused the Tea Party of. Smells of desperation. #mepolitics

 

@DSorensenME I know. It’s enough to make one reach for one’s government paid for inhaler, isn’t it? #mepolitics #coverMEnow #hypocrit

 

Desperate cannibalizing talking point is back. Get the facts from @bangordailynews http://bit.ly/1fqDTHk #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

out of touch. Thibodeau claims ppl who make less than $1k month can afford insurance & out of pocket med costs. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sen Thibodeau doubles down: people below poverty level should falsify their income to apply for the exchange subsidies. #mepolitics

 

Sen. Thibodeau bringing this debate in for a vote now. More-or-less offering closing statements on Medicaid expansion bill #mepolitics

@thisdog Will @SenThibodeau again encourage Mainers to lie about their income on their #ACA applications? #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue @thisdog @SenThibodeau Apparently yes!

 

compassion is missing from the conservative side of the aisle today. #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

I only see #MEGOP tweeterati spinners yelling “murder” when truth is http://157mainers.com/  simply points out number at risk. #mepolitics

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Gerzofsky

 

Here we go on a vote. Roll call pending on expansion. But not before Stan Gerzofsky speaks. #mepolitics

 

Roll call requested now. One more speech coming from Sen. Gerzofsky #mepolitics

 

providing ppl who need health ins seems simple to me say the constituents of Sen. Stan #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Here’s what health care would mean for Russell Eaton of Topsham.http://healthcarestories.tumblr.com/post/79359917069/russell-eaton-topsham … #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Thomas

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Hamper

 

Sen. Gerzofsky’s underlying message is astounding: Having a relationship with the invisibles saves all of us money. #mepolitics

Sen Thomas: we provide free care. Sen Mason: there’s no such thing as free. #GOPconfusion #mepolitics

 

Hamper, speaking for 2nd time, is reciting some sort of acrostic poem about how MaineCare shouldn’t be expanded. #mepolitics

 

Health care opponents tout failed Alexander Group numbers #desperate #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Sickening: State Senator Doug Thomas says it’s “corrosive to society” to expand healthcare to include 70,000 low-income Mainers. #mepolitics

Sen Hamper is doing both mental math and an acrostic on the Senate floor. Mathematicians and poets, beware. #mepolitics

 

Sen Hamper recites a cherry-picked constituent’s experience (not a Gap Mainer) and moves on to crossword puzzles. #MEPolitics

 

Damn. Senator Thibodeau is encouraging folks to overestimate their income again to qualify for subsidies. This is insane. #MEPolitics

@cejesq Just tell the 2,629 Waldo County residents eligible for expansion not to be poor. #mepolitics #snakeoil

 

Hamper now picking apart OFPR cost estimate point by point. #mepolitics

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Speaking: Sen. Saviello

 

Q: How many GOP Sens right now have pre-existing conditions, $$$ monthly RX, dr visits? Voters REMEMBER #hypocrits #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

Saviello up now. Will he get last word? Reading letter from hosp CEO on charity care. #mepolitics

 

I admire Sen. Saviello’s Republican outlook. Also his bow tie. #MEPolitics

 

House GOP hoping http://www.maine.gov/legis/house_gop/_news/news_page.php?story_id=20140312_00000496&story_title=Maine%20House%20GOP%20News:%20House%20Republicans%20Call%20on%20Rank-and-File%20Dems%20to%20Reconsider%20Expansion … RT @RABMaine No courageous Ds defying party leaders as they spend our kids into poverty? #mepolitics

 

@DSorensenME @RABMaine Yes, because none of 70k that would be covered w/expansion are kids/ parents right Dave? #poorhouses #coverMEnow

 

@DirigoBlue @Stevie_Rob @BChinME If ur partially disabled and made $10,000 for the past 5 years, should you estimate $12,000? #mepolitics

@aobrien2010 Depends on size of household @SenThibodeau suggests single parent of 1 $15,510+$1 to qualify #mepolitics @Stevie_Rob @BChinME

 

@aobrien2010 @cejesq Easy: No gap if no one gets sick or loses FT job and needs to work part time at low wage job. #mepolitics

@ASFried @cejesq Sure, they can put food on the table and get health care through the power of positive thinking. #mepolitics

Today’s a good example of why I no longer associate myself with @MaineDems#independentftw

 

Here’s the vote now. #mepolitics

 

UF-18, LD 1487, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT MANAGED CARE IN THE MAINECARE PROGRAM, ACCEPT MAJ OTP-A RPT, Yea 22 Nay 13 Abs 0

Majority of GOP denies healthcare to 70k Mainers. 22-13 #mepolitics #coverMEnow

 

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Maine Senate Takes Up LD 1487, GOP (Katz, Saviello) Medicaid Expansion Bill

Posted on March 12, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Senate video link to watch the floor debate.

Audio link here.

Senate Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec)

Senate Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec)

Last week, the Health and Human Services legislative committee voted out two of three Medicaid expansion bills to the full Maine legislature, LDs 1578, “An Act To Increase Health Security by Expanding Federally Funded Health Care for Maine People” offered by Speaker of the House Mark Eves and 1487, “An Act To Implement Managed Care in the MaineCare Program”, sponsored by Republican Senators Roger Katz, (R-Kennebec), who serves as Asst Minority Leader in that chamber, and fellow caucus member Tom Saviello (R-Franklin).

The last of the 3, Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson’s sponsored LD 1640, “An Act To Enhance the Stability and Predictability of Health Care Costs for Returning Veterans and Others by Addressing the Issues Associated with Hospital Charity Care and Bad Debt”, has yet to be voted out by committee.

Earlier today, Democrats sent out a press release to remind about the positive effects of expansion for tens of thousands of Mainers and urging support of Senator Katz’s bill:

    The federal government has offered to pay 100 percent of the cost of health care for tens of thousands of Mainers under the Affordable Care Act. Key moderate Republicans and Democrats have worked on a bipartisan plan, LD 1487, to accept these funds.

    Speaker of the House Mark Eves and Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson wait before presenting their bills before HHS Committee.

    Speaker of the House Mark Eves and Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson wait before presenting their bills before HHS Committee.

    “Expanding access to healthcare will strengthen our economy and create jobs and save money, but most importantly, it will save lives,” said Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash. “Each one of the 70,000 people waiting to see if we will step up and do the right thing has a story to tell, a family they love, dreams and plans for their future, and a life to live. Let’s not let them down.

    This is a common sense bipartisan proposal saves lives, saves money and creates jobs. The bipartisan plan includes a managed care program to lower the cost of health care and hold government and providers accountable for making sure people have access to appropriate care at an appropriate time, while also ensuring fair prices. It also puts in place a plan to reduce the wait list for home care services for Mainers with intellectual disabilities and adds two new Medicaid fraud investigators to step up fraud prosecutions.

    “We have a good-faith compromise that would accept federal dollars to provide life-saving health care to 70,000 Mainers,” said House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick. “We have an opportunity to change lives for the better and improve the health of thousands of our neighbors. It’s the right thing to do.”

Here are some of the impacts, listed by county:

    Androscoggin:

  • 5,829 people would gain access to health care.
  • An additional $30 million will be spent annually on health care services by 2016, stimulating about $45 million in additional economic activity.
  • Expansion would create approximately 378 new jobs in the county.

    Aroostook:

  • 4,615 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $24 million spent annually on health care services, $31 million total in additional economic activity
  • 280 new jobs

    Cumberland:

  • 12,018 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $63 million spent annually, $104 million in additional economic activity
  • 846 new jobs

    Franklin:

  • 1,878 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $10 million spent annually on health care services, $13 million in additional economic activity
  • 123 new jobs

    Hancock:

  • 3,235 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $17 million spent annually on health care services, $23 million in additional economic activity
  • 204 new jobs

    Kennebec:

  • 5,997 people would gain access to health car;
  • Additional $32 million spent annually on health care services, $43 million in additional economic activity
  • 367 new jobs

    Knox:

  • 2,317 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $12 million spent annually on health care services, $17 million in additional economic activity
  • 154 new jobs

    Lincoln:

  • 1,817 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $10 million spent annually on health care services, $13 million in additional economic activity
  • 124 new jobs

    Oxford:

  • 3,806 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $20 million spent annually on health care services, $25 million in additional economic activity
  • 231 new jobs

    Penobscot:

  • 8,447 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $45 million spent annually on health care services, $66 million in additional economic activity
  • 545 new jobs

    Piscataquis:

  • 1,067 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $6 million spent annually on health care services, $6 million in additional economic activity
  • 63 new jobs

    Sagadahoc:

  • 1,456 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $8 million spent annually on health care services, $3 million in additional economic activity
  • 34 new jobs

    Somerset:

  • 3,590 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $19 million spent annually on health care services, $23 million in additional economic activity
  • 207 new jobs

    Waldo:

  • 2,629 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $14 million spent annually on health care services, $18 million in additional economic activity
  • 161 new jobs

    Washington:

  • 2,601 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $14 million spent annually on health care services, $17 million in additional economic activity
  • 155 new jobs

    York:

  • 8,196 people would gain access to health care
  • Additional $43 million spent annually on health care services, $59 million in additional economic activity
  • 513 new jobs

Here again is a clip of Senator Katz introducing his bill to the committee on February 26:

The HHS committee votes on both LD 1487 and 1578 were straight party line votes, even though 1487 is sponsored by two Republican senators, and is indicative of the strong pressure being put onto GOP lawmakers formerly open to expansion by the LePage administration may be having some effect.

*RELATED:

March 4: LePage’s “Fine Young Cannibals”- And Some Food For Thought

February 25: (UPDATED) Maine GOP- Yes, REPUBLICANS!- To Attempt Compromised/ Combined Medicaid Expansion Bill

February 4: Boomerang Bills: Medicaid Expansion, Revenue Sharing- Now Right To Work?

January 16: Speaker Of The House Mark Eves (D-N Berwick) Presents LD 1578 Expanding Federally Funded Health Care In HHS Public Hearing (Video; Text)

January 16: Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) Introduces LD 1640 To HHS Committee (Video; Text)

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