You know how the rest of the country looks to Massachusetts to see how health care reform might play out nationally? (Latest example: PBS this week.) Well, now, the rest of the country may soon start looking to Maine to see how a repeal of health care reform might play out nationally.
Maine’s new governor-elect is Paul LePage, a colorful Republican who knew homelessness and deprivation as the oldest of 18 children in a poor Maine family, but went on to become a successful businessman and mayor.
During his campaign, he pledged to “repeal and replace” the state’s groundbreaking 2003 health care reform, “Dirigo Health.” (Dirigo means “I lead” and is the state’s motto.) He called it a “costly failure” and said it had “cost taxpayers more than $160 million to cover just 3,400 uninsured Mainers,” a charge the reform’s backers contest.
Now, it’s looking like Dirigo Health “may be one of the first casualties of the Republican landslide in state capitals,” reports Stateline, a news Website on state politics funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Continue reading