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

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

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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