Medicaid Expansion Overwhelmingly Passes in Maine Ballot Initiative
It appears that the voters in Maine, such as they are, approve a soft form of slavery, coerced “free services” provided through Medicaid. The voters helped Maine become the first state in the country to actually VOTE for Medicaid expansion, joining 31 other states that expanded Medicaid through legislative means.
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The voters sided with soft slavery by a vote of 59 percent to 41 percent. The measure means 80,000 more adults will join the long lines getting crappy government healthcare from doctors and nurses that will be grossly underpaid for their services. The measure also assures that artificial demand will be placed on the healthcare marketplace, further driving up the cost of healthcare for everyone else. Good job Maine.
Maine voters on Tuesday delivered a strong rebuke to their governor by approving an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under Obamacare — the first time state voters have directly authorized such an expansion.
The vote makes Maine the 32nd state to agree to expand Medicaid to thousands of low-income adults who qualify for coverage and represents a major setback for Republican Gov. Paul LePage, an ally of President Donald Trump who vetoed expansion bills on five occasions. The measure was winning 59 percent to 41 percent with roughly two-thirds of precincts reporting as of 10 p.m., according to the Associated Press, just weeks after Republicans in Congress failed in their efforts to repeal the health care law.
The ballot measure, known as Question 2, attracted progressive activists from around the country eager to revive expansion efforts in the mostly GOP-led holdout states. Liberal groups poured more than $1.5 million into boosting the Maine referendum, surpassing the opposition effort led by LePage and his Republican allies.
Some 80,000 adults will qualify under the expansion, according to independent estimates from a Maine legislative fiscal office, adding to the nearly 12 million people in the 31 states and District of Columbia who have already obtained coverage through the program.