Caron Supports Legal Action on Medicaid Expansion

2018-01-05T15:53:23+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Press Release|

Calls on Governor to Honor the Will of the Voters or Step Down

Alan Caron, independent candidate for governor, today said that he strongly supports suing Governor Paul LePage if he and his Republican allies in the Legislature reject the will of Maine voters who last November overwhelmingly approved a new law expanding access to Medicaid.

 Caron said he is deeply disappointed that LePage refuses to allow Department of Health and Human Services officials to discuss the issue with lawmakers, even though the new law specifically directs the administration to begin planning with the federal government for bringing new enrollees into the program this spring.

 Nearly 60 percent of Maine voters approved the ballot measure to extend health insurance coverage to about 70,000 low-income Mainers.

 “I supported expanding Medicaid because it’s the right thing to do economically, fiscally and morally,” Caron said. “The federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost of insuring as many as 80,000 of our fellow Mainers. That will improve their lives, reduce overall medical costs to everyone else, and strengthen our workforce.”

 “If Paul LePage can’t do what the voters of Maine have instructed him to do, he should step down,” Caron said. “We don’t have dictators and kings in this country. We have elected officials who are there for a short time and who are supposed to represent all the people, not just their party or their personal views. What Paul LePage thinks about Medicaid expansion is irrelevant. The people have spoken on this issue, loud and clear.”

 The coalition of organizations that worked together to pass the expansion law is considering taking legal action against LePage if there is evidence that the LePage administration is not moving forward with expansion.

LePage, who has vetoed more legislation than any other governor in Maine history, has five times successfully vetoed popular expansion bills.

 Caron vowed to carry this issue to every corner of the state and to rally Mainers to insist that their voices are heard.