Maine Gov. LePage vetoes Medicaid expansion, again

posted at 6:41 pm on April 11, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Much to the Obama administration’s unceasing chagrin, several states are still in the throes of figuring out whether or not they want to comply with the administration’s desperate requests and join the ranks of those other states that are expanding their Medicaid rolls through a handful of different methods — but here’s another one the administration can strike off its list of potentials, at least for now.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill Wednesday that would expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 residents under President Barack Obama’s federal health care law and privatize the program through managed care, sending the measure back to the Legislature, where two-thirds of lawmakers would be needed to overturn his rejection of the bill.

In his veto letter, LePage reiterated his staunch opposition to the proposal, saying it would have a ‘‘disastrous impact on Maine’s budget’’ and calling the proposed savings through the expansion and managed care ‘‘mirages.’’ He also vetoed the plan the two other times the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent it to his desk last year.

‘‘Proponents of this bill tout ‘free’ federal money and unspecified state ‘savings’ with no backup for these claims,’’ LePage said. ‘‘It is shortsighted to think federal funds will always be available, especially after watching the federal deficit climb and witnessing continual delays and changes from Washington.’’

This is the third time LePage has vetoed the idea, and seeing as how the legislature’s previous two attempts to override the veto couldn’t muster the necessary two-thirds majority votes, it doesn’t look any more likely this time around. I must say, I do wonder how MSNBC’s Chris Hayes will fit this latest development into his bizarro theory about the real reason motivating all of these states and governors declining to buy in the the egregiously expensive and false promise that is the Obama administration’s Medicaid expansion plan. So fascinating, really.


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Good for him.

rbj on April 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

A trace of common sense! From Maine, no less. They may throw them out of the northeast.

Doc Holliday on April 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Racist! Ageist! Sexist! /s

KS Rex on April 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

‘‘Proponents of this bill tout ‘free’ federal money and unspecified state ‘savings’ with no backup for these claims,’’ LePage said. ‘‘It is shortsighted to think federal funds will always be available, especially after watching the federal deficit climb and witnessing continual delays and changes from Washington.’’

Exactly what I’ve been saying all along when Kasich wanted this (and ultimately got it) in Ohio.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

papers here are crucifying him too.
like normal.

dmacleo on April 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

How in the Hell does that state produce the likes of Collins and Snowe???

BigWyo on April 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Dear Mr? Hayes…They don’t call them ‘States’ for nothing.

I know you and your ilk would just love to have it ‘The Huge Tract of Land Ruled By Washington’

BigWyo on April 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Unfortunately, Mike Michaud is too popular to not win the governor’s office unless Idiot Cutler draws more votes from him.

scrubbiedude on April 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Maine Gov. LePage vetoes Medicaid expansion, again

Good gives credence to the VA GOP standing strong as Terry McAuliffe and the VA Dems are holding the state budget hostage until it includes Medicaid expansion.

Happy Nomad on April 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Governors have a hard time holding the line, because the proponents of joining the rush to expand Medicaid and Obamacare actually do not realize that the reimbursement declines over time, and leaves the state holding the bag for federal promises. And that actually assumes that “the Secretary” will keep her word…

Ayup…cahn’t geht theyah from heah…

DublOh7 on April 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

But, it’s for the children! The Gov’s obviously one those ‘ists’!

vnvet on April 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

‘‘Proponents of this bill tout ‘free’ federal money and unspecified state ‘savings’ with no backup for these claims,’’ LePage said. ‘‘It is shortsighted to think federal funds will always be available, especially after watching the federal deficit climb and witnessing continual delays and changes from Washington.’’

Exactly. Why is this so difficult to understand for some people? The state will be on the hook for all those additional Medicaid patients…what then? The idea that they should expand it to get some more money that won’t end up covering the costs is bizarre in the extreme. But, you know, racism and hating the poor and all that.

changer1701 on April 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

To bad Mrs eats scorpions here in AZ didn’t.

We’ll be paying for it later after she’s long gone.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Unfortunately, Mike Michaud is too popular to not win the governor’s office unless Idiot Cutler draws more votes from him.

scrubbiedude on April 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

If Maine had a newspaper that at least pretended to be objective, or a single TV station that wasn’t in the tank for the unions and leftists, then Michaud would be shown to be the pandering populist drain-bamaged moron that he truly is.

Michaud got elected to Congress by cozying up to the unions and pandering to the areas where the paper mills shut down (even though it was because of unions that theose mills shut down).

Now that he wants to become governor, suddenly “Mach Mike Michaud has come out and announced he’s gay! Imagine that! More pandering!

His buddy Chellie Pingree, (D-Maine) well, since her husband owns the Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest paper, Michaud has had nothing but favorable press, all the while LePage, who has actually DONE things for the state, is castigated again and again.

Maine deserves better than this, and if I ever win the Powerball, I’m hoping I can start a large, conservative-based daily newspaper, or maybe even buy a TV station and start giving the leftists who run the rest of Maine’s media a run for their money.

Maine has a very large Conservative base, but time and again, since the leftists run the media, they never are able to see just how strong they could be.

TKindred on April 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

papers here are crucifying him too.
like normal.

dmacleo on April 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

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If the papers are against it, it must be the correct decision.

diogenes on April 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

diogenes on April 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

the bangor daily and the portland press share 1 set of genitals, which is why neither have the brains nor the balls to be truthful.

dmacleo on April 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Paul LePage — the only conservative in a region of RINOs.

Stoic Patriot on April 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Veto Medicaid expansion.

Because the first hit of heroin is always free.

BigAlSouth on April 11, 2014 at 7:51 PM

California put Medicaid on the Hi Speed Train To Bankruptcy with brainless pride!

Obamatrix on April 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

There is a reason why Maine is known as the far South of the Far North.

Pablo Honey on April 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Pablo Honey on April 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

portland is proud to call itself the san francisco of the east coast.
I’m proud to call portland a pile of crap.

dmacleo on April 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

portland is proud to call itself the san francisco of the east coast.
I’m proud to call portland a pile of crap.

dmacleo on April 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Concur. The only reason I go to Portland is either to go drinking in the Old Port, or go to a Sea Dogs game. Everything else is just….. craptacular.

TKindred on April 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Yea that over time part does always seem to be left out when the dead wood newspapers rag on the Gov that turn it down.

Either 2 things will happen, states will get left with a huge burden or the Feds will use that to make em give more power up state side in order to keep the funds rolling in.

watertown on April 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

There is a reason why Maine is known as the far South of the Far North.

Pablo Honey on April 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

If only. NH used to be a very livable state once too. Guess they decided to live unfree and die by letting all the high tax voting massholes escape from the circumstances they voted for while of course, continuing to vote the same way. Notice how you rarely hear about southerners moving north, but the other way around is very commonplace.

crrr6 on April 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

LePage was Tea Party … or had their support if I recall correctly.

He’s not establishment.

Good for him.

HondaV65 on April 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Vive LePage!

Conservchik on April 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

At least someone in the GOP has the balls to do the right thing.

Most Republicans just bend over and lift their rear ends higher.

DRayRaven on April 12, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Isn’t that always the way it ends up, the feds leave the states to raise the taxes locally to pay for what they started. The city near us wants to create a special tax district to pay the extra fire fighters and policemen the got with a grant from the feds which has now dried up. I was surprised to see that Kasich had taken the bait. It is for political reason because he is smart enough to recognize what’s going to happen in the future. Maybe he thinks he’ll be president by then.

Kissmygrits on April 12, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Maine only pays about 70% as much in federal taxes as the feds spend in the state: even so, that means that the ‘free’ federal money for Medicaid expansion is 70% paid for by Maine taxpayers, a point I have argued frequently in the Bangor Daily News. The Progressive counterargument is that since we’re already paying the taxes we should grab the benefit, to which the only possible reply is “Arrgggh!”

PersonFromPorlock on April 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

People are policy.
We conservatives allowed Obama to get elected and relected, along with the Dem Senate majority.
The antidote is the primary elections.
Richard Viguerie lays it all out in his new book, Takeover.

Go here for more:

http://www.conservativehq.com/article/16925-today-conservative-takeover-gop-starts-your-neighborhood

http://goptakeover.org

It all starts with each of us filling up, in our own voting precincts, all the vacant precinct committeemen slots with our, and other, warm conservative bodies.

If you’ve never attended your local Republican Party committee meeting, go. You may be rudely surprised by what you find.

About half of the Republican Party precinct committeeman slots are STILL vacant despite five years of Obama and the Senate Dems and all the rest.

I hope this helps. And pray that you will act.

Thank you,
Cold Warrior

Cold Warrior on April 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

I would love Le Page to primary Collins.

ezspirit on April 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM