Click here for a photo and bio for Rep. Sanborn, a retired family physician from Gorham.
Office of the Speaker
FOR RELEASE FOR
Contact: Jodi Quintero [Sanborn], 841-6279
Sanborn: Governor LePage Should Sign Our Comprehensive Plan to Pay Maineís Hospitals
In the coming days, the state of
The Legislature will be sending Governor
Paul LePage a bill to pay back
Itís an offer he shouldnít refuse.
Good morning, Iím Representative Linda Sanborn Ė a retired family physician from Gorham.
Democrats have put forward a comprehensive plan that not only pays the debt; we make sure we donít get back here in the future.
As a family physician, I can tell you first hand that when people without insurance get sick, they often end up getting care in the emergency room -- where it is most costly. The cost of that care is often picked up by hospitals in the form of ďcharity careĒ and then passed on to anyone with private insurance.
By accepting federal health care dollars
to cover more
To do one without the other, would leave the job half done.
Our plan pays the debt and helps fix the underlying problem that contributes to high healthcare costs in the first place. We donít just treat the symptom; we treat the problem.
The federal government has agreed to
fully cover the cost for health care tens of thousands of Mainers for the next three
years, and gradually lowers its payment to no less than 90 percent of the cost
over a decade. There is no cost to the state -- in fact we will save money.
This could change the lives of tens of
Take Marie from
Or, Patty Kidder of
Marie, Patty, and Tom were among the many who urged lawmakers to pass this bill.
Unfortunately, they are not alone. This is a reality for tens of thousands of Mainers who are unable to afford health insurance.
Accepting these federal funds to increase
health care coverage for more working Mainers is the right thing to. And it
makes sense to do it as part of a comprehensive package that repays
Itís a good deal. Thatís why Republican governors across the country have taken the funds.
Governor LePage has a choice to make: Will he support a plan that pays the hospitals and accepts federal health care dollars to cover more Mainers? Or will he retreat into an ideological corner, putting politics ahead of the peopleís health?
Peopleís lives are on the line. Now is the time to act.
Thank you for listening. Iím Rep. Linda Sanborn.