Maine’s 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.
Adding more costly promises only ensures that more broken promises will come. The federal government cannot open Acadia National Park on schedule due to lack of funds. Are we to believe it will pour millions of new spending dollars into Maine for Medicaid Expansion? Or will Maine have to pick up the bill?
Expanding medicaid would have disastrous consequences in Maine. Medicaid is a broken system that offers poor quality care to those who often need it most, and the promise of new funding from the federal government is as close to being broken as the next Washington budget crisis.