A long-term payoff for a Medicaid expansion in Maine: Significantly better health

Joe Feinglass, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 16, 2014. Gov. Paul LePage’s vetoes of the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for Medicaid expansion have already cost Maine thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars. Yet partisan critics of Obamacare continue to argue that expanded Medicaid […]

‘Social Security is not the way to live’: Maine couple talks growing older, living with disability

Sandra Butler, University of Maine, and Luisa S. Deprez, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 29, 2014 Editor’s note: In this monthly series, the authors will introduce you to people who are apt to be your neighbors, are struggling to make ends meet and have been affected by […]

We have reason to celebrate Maine’s public schools — and much to protect

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 2, 2014 Many of us — students, parents and teachers alike — are nervous as we head back to school this fall, even though Maine has a tradition of quality, community-supported schools. Mainers have lots to celebrate and to safeguard. […]

Maine props up ‘two Americas’ with no Medicaid expansion

Christy Daggett, Maine Center for Economic Policy Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 19, 2014 The Affordable Care Act, as originally passed, holds tremendous promise to decrease health care costs and increase insurance coverage rates across rural states like Maine. But federal court opinions and repeated vetoes of Medicaid expansion are putting […]

Why some feel threatened by unaccompanied minors, despite the facts

Robert Glover, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 6, 2014 Maine recently returned to national prominence when satirist Stephen Colbert spoofed Gov. Paul LePage’s reaction to news that Maine received eight unaccompanied child migrants from the country’s southern border. Colbert’s report makes us chuckle by placing the governor’s sense of alarm […]

The VA was born from scandal: How its latest failure offers hope for reform

Colin Moore, University of Hawaii Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014 Scandal is nothing new to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. General Eric Shinseki’s resignation adds another chapter to the beleaguered agency’s long history of mismanagement. Although Maine’s 150,000 veterans were largely spared from the problems that plagued other […]