Larry Kaplan and William Clark: Give Maine people ‘gift of health care’


Maine Healthcare Motion, an unbiased nonprofit group, proposed a resolve that requires the Maine Legislature to draft a publicly-funded well being care plan that gives complete advantages and covers each Maine resident.

Pending submission of 63,067 legitimate Maine voters’ signatures, the resolve will go on the November 2022 poll.

Maine Healthcare Motion believes that the well being of all Maine residents is an ethical and social justice subject that calls for our full consideration. Too many Maine folks forgo housing, meals or youngster care when a member of the family urgently requires well being care companies. Many households have misplaced job-related protection.

Additional, our shared actuality is that we’re coming into yr two of a lethal viral pandemic.

Polling exhibits that common well being care is common with the general public. The Legislature has taken optimistic steps, however failed to change sky-high premiums and deductibles, job-related protection loss and different disparities in entry that have an effect on everybody. The general image is shameful, and fully unacceptable.

Maine may and may present all Maine residents reasonably priced, complete well being care. Utilizing the resolve course of, a terrific instance of direct democracy, Maine voters can urge the Legislature to hold out the need of the folks, and take daring motion.

Research in Maine (and in different states and the truth in different nations) present that funding could be discovered. Can we discover the need to take this wise, pressing and daring step?

Let the folks converse, and provides one another the “present of well being care.”

William Clark, MD, of Brunswick is a board member with Maine Healthcare Motion. Larry Kaplan, MD, MPA, of Cape Elizabeth is the group’s chairman.

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