Access to quality, affordable health care should be a right for every Mainer. I will be a champion for policies at the state and federal level aimed at best achieving that goal.
At the state level, I will immediately sign bipartisan legislation to expand MaineCare to cover an additional 70,000 Mainers. The current governor and his health advisors have been deadly wrong to have opposed and obstructed expansion five times. Thirty-one states, including 17 with Republican governors, agreed to the expansion, understanding both the health impact on individuals and the economic impact on their own states and rural hospitals. In Maine, MaineCare expansion would bring over $500 million per year into Maine, ensuring the survival of beleaguered rural hospitals and health care jobs across the state. For all of these reasons, I will work to support passage of Question 2 this fall – and if it isn’t resolved by then, I will sign MaineCare expansion into law as one of my first acts as governor.