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Michaud: LePage's Failure Hurts Maine's Economy

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Location: Portland, ME

The consequences of Maine's failure to expand health care access to 70,000 Mainers -- including nearly 3,000 veterans -- under the Affordable Care Act are taking a significant toll on Maine's already lagging economy.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Maine ranked near the bottom of the pack nationally and last in New England for personal income growth for the first quarter of 2014, in part because Gov. LePage refused to expand access to Medicaid. During that time, personal income in Maine grew just 0.5 percent.

In addition, the state's economy continues to underperform compared to the rest of the nation. Maine ranks near the bottom of the pack in job creation since the bottom of the recession.

"Gov. Paul LePage's failed leadership and partisan, divisive ideology are standing in the way of real economic progress in Maine," said U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic nominee for governor. "He's costin
Gov. LePage has vetoed expanding access to Medicaid five times in the last two years -- including vetoing two proposals that won bipartisan support in the Maine House and Senate. By failing to expand health care accessg the state jobs and turned away more than $900,000 a day in new revenue because of his irrational opposition to expanding access to health care to tens of thousands of Mainers. Now, his failure to act is taking a direct toll on our economy and Maine families. It's unconscionable."

Gov. LePage has vetoed expanding access to Medicaid five times in the last two years -- including vetoing two proposals that won bipartisan support in the Maine House and Senate. By failing to expand health care access, Maine has lost out on more than $160 million in revenue since Jan. 1, 2014.

"Study after study shows that expanding access to health care to nearly 70,000 Mainers would strengthen our economy, protect rural hospitals, create thousands of new jobs and ensure Mainers get the care they need, when they need it. Yet, Gov. LePage continues to ignore the facts. He's even gone so far as to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on the controversial and flawed Alexander Report to write his own version of the truth in an attempt to justify his opposition to this common-sense, bipartisan policy. That's not leadership, " Michaud said.

"As governor, I'll bring real change to Augusta, strengthen our economy and expand access to health care by bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together to address the challenges facing our state. These issues are too important to let partisanship and stubbornness stand in the way of progress and opportunity for the people of Maine," Michaud said.


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