Michaud: Expand Access to Health Care

Michaud Urges Maine to Accept Federal Dollars to Cover Nearly 70,000 Mainers

As the state legislative session kicks-off, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is urging Gov. Paul LePage and the state Legislature to expand health care access to nearly 70,000 Mainers. 

“Health care is a right. Not a privilege. Now is the time for Maine to join the growing list of states, governed by both Republicans and Democrats, and expand access to Medicaid. We’ve delayed it for too long,” Michaud said. 

 Last year, LePage and the Republicans in the Legislature blocked passage of Medicaid expansion when the governor vetoed a bipartisan bill and Republicans upheld the veto. Because of their actions, when Medicaid expansion went into effect on Jan. 1 in most states across the country and millions of Americans gained access to coverage, Maine residents were left behind.  

“There is no rational explanation for the state’s unwillingness to accept these federal dollars. Only blind partisanship and extreme ideology are standing in the way, and it’s unconscionable,” Michaud said. “As Maine’s Legislature returns to work, our state has a second chance to do the right thing for Maine people and Maine’s economy by expanding access to health care. Now is the time for Gov. LePage and state Republicans to put partisanship aside and follow the lead of the other Republican governors across the country who have worked across the aisle to pass Medicaid expansion and do what’s best for the people they represent.”

 To demonstrate public support for expanding access to health care, Michaud is launching an online petition urging them to implement Medicaid expansion. 

 For more information about Michaud, visit: www.michaud2014.com. Follow the campaign on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MikeMichaudForGovernor; and on Twitter @michaud2014.