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A wrong turn in Maine

Governor blocks Medicaid expansion

Maine Governor Paul LePage is doing his state a disservice with his refusal to accept new Medicaid dollars available under the Affordable Care Act for expanding health care for lower-income people.

In the aftermath of President Obama’s reelection, more practical conservatives have shelved the partisan rhetoric and decided to embrace the generous deal that Obamacare offers states. But not in Maine. There, LePage hasn’t just rejected the new Medicaid dollars; he’s also trying to cut thousands of people from the Medicaid rolls, reversing a past effort by Maine policymakers to expand coverage.

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