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Maine governor ought to be lauded for resisting Medicaid lure

Governor Paul LePage acknowledged applause before delivering the State of the State address before the Maine Legislature last month.

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Governor Paul LePage acknowledged applause before delivering the State of the State address before the Maine Legislature last month.

Your March 10 editorial “Governor blocks Medicaid expansion: A wrong turn in Maine” highlights the principled action by Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, in resisting the lure of Medicaid expansion in the state. While your editorial sneered at this position, I applaud it.

Medicaid, also known as MaineCare, is a broken system, expensive and unsustainable.

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The Affordable Care Act subsidizes expansion for three years, after which it gradually reduces payments to states. Then what?

Our experience in Maine with the ever more expensive cost of MaineCare does not bode well for expansion.

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There is no free lunch here.

Phyllis Ginzler

Bridgton, Maine

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