Augusta – Americans for Prosperity Maine is announcing their opposition today to a bill that would expand Medicaid in the state. The expansion would come as part of a “deal” wherein the federal government would pay for some of the coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
“The federal government has a bad track record when it comes to keeping its fiscal promises to the states. Given the broken promises of the past, how are we to believe that the federal government will now pour millions of new spending dollars into Maine for Medicaid expansion?,” said Carol Weston, Maine state director of Americans for Prosperity. “In addition the federal government has its own problems curtailing runaway spending and debt. Adding more costly promises only ensures that more broken promises will come.”
L.D. 1066, An Act to Increase Access to Health Coverage and Qualify Maine for Federal Funding, is sponsored by Rep. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham.
“Our state experience with expanding Medicaid, called Dirigo Health, proved to be a budget buster for Maine and did not come close to insuring the numbers promised,” added Weston. “It seems all too likely that Maine will have to pick up the bill for this expansion.”