Governor Joins Vice President Mike Pence in Supporting More Healthcare Funding for Maine

September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 22, 2017
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Maine will gain 44% more in federal healthcare funding under the Graham-Cassidy Senate bill, and he urged Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King to support the bill.

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notes Maine would gain 44% more in healthcare funding by the year 2026 under the proposal in the Graham-Cassidy bill. Governor LePage met with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington, D.C. this morning to show his support for the benefits to Maine in the Graham-Cassidy Senate bill.

“We are grateful for the people of Maine, so many of which are supporting this effort to return to what was working in Maine,” said Vice President Pence. “We are encouraging Senator King, but especially we’re encouraging today Senator Collins to join us in this effort to give the people of Maine, to give the government of Maine the resources and the flexibility to be able to craft solutions that will improve the lives and improve the health of the people of Maine. So Governor LePage, we are thankful for your leadership.”

“This bill is the best chance to reform the massive failures of ObamaCare, and put the decision-making about funding healthcare back where it belongs: in the states,” said Governor LePage. “To be clear, Maine already requires coverage of pre-existing conditions, and no one who is now on Medicaid will lose their eligibility—that is simply false rhetoric. The states each have different populations with different healthcare needs, and the states can create more cost-effective programs that provide better services for their residents than the federal government’s expensive and inefficient one-size-fits-all system.”

Despite the benefit to their own state, Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have been opposed to efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare. They are advocating for another massive expansion of Medicaid, which would give free healthcare to able-bodied adults without children who should be working and contributing to the cost of their own healthcare.

“Our Senators are ignoring what is happening in their own state,” said Governor LePage. “Medicaid expansion in 2002 took resources away from the truly needy to fund free healthcare for able-bodied adults. The same thing will happen if Senators Collins and King expand Medicaid again. It will hurt the truly needy and will cost Maine taxpayers $500 million over the next five years.”

Governor LePage is urging Mainers to call Senators Collins and King and ask them to support the increased funding for healthcare that Maine will receive under the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Call Senator Susan Collins at her office in Washington D.C. at: (202) 224-2523. Call Senator Angus King at his office in Washington D.C. office at: (202) 224-5344.