Letter: Portland lawmaker backs Medicaid expansion

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A yes vote on statewide Question 2 is the right choice for Maine.

It will expand Medicaid to 70,000 Mainers, ensuring that they are able to see a doctor when they’re sick and helping them to live healthier, more stable lives.

When I talk to people in our community, the message I hear about health care is clear. They want more people to have coverage, they want premiums to be lower and they want more access, not less. Question 2 helps us move in the right direction on all three of these priorities.

Question 2 will strengthen our economy by bringing more than $500 million new dollars a year into the state, which will create about 6,000 new jobs.

Opponents of Question 2 are spreading misinformation, trying to scare people by claiming it will hurt seniors and nursing homes. AARP says that’s not true.

I’m voting yes on Question 2.

Rep. Heather Sanborn
D-Portland

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    Expanding Medicaid to able-bodied, childless adults will damage existing programs that are intended to help those who cannot help themselves.

    This referendum will undermine efforts to encourage people out of poverty. No one will want to get a better job that puts them over the threshold income for getting free health care. If you do your research you will learn about the numerous programs for free and subsidized health care.

    Rep. Sanborn is not talking to the people in her district who when properly educated on the facts, would clearly see the unintended dire consequences of question 2.

    Mainers rarely get the chance to be properly educated on referendums. You can’t shove all the facts, testimonies, compromises, amendments, etc., into a citizen’s initiative. When will we learn that referendums are an irresponsible way to govern?