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For Immediate Release

Date: 05/01/14

House Republican Leader's Statement on Medicaid Expansion Veto

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage late Tuesday vetoed LD 1640 and LD 1578, both bills to expand welfare under ObamaCare. House Republican Leader Ken Fredette issued the following statement in support of the Governor's veto of these two bills.

"ObamaCare's welfare expansion would be the biggest fiscal and economic mistake in Maine's history. Maine's welfare system, particularly its Medicaid program, is bloated and unsustainable as it is. We just paid off a $750 million hospital debt and dealt with a massive budget shortfall, both caused by the very welfare program that Democratic politicians want to expand.

Republicans are committed to making health insurance more available to Mainers, and that's why we reformed Maine's insurance laws in order to reduce premiums, particularly for young people. More medical welfare, especially under the failed ObamaCare law, is not the answer.

We must continue to ensure that our welfare programs are intact for those who need them most—elderly and disabled Mainers. We must also reverse the trend of ever-increasing taxes on hardworking Maine families.

ObamaCare's welfare expansion represents the failed status quo in Maine of big government welfare spending. Governor LePage's veto of it represents the kind of reform that Maine's economy so desperately needs."

House and Senate Republicans have so far sustained three vetoes of Medicaid expansion. The Legislature will go into session on Thursday, May 1 to take up the vetoes delivered today.


David Sorensen
Maine House Republicans
Tel: (207) 205-7793