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A legislative decision: 86 Mainers to die by Election Day 2014

How many people will die because on June 19 Maine's Legislature refused to accept federal Obamacare funds to extend Medicaid health insurance to as many as 70,000 low-income working people?  
Death Sentences  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 22, 2013

Trade search or junket?

Isn't it wonderful that the government that has cut every human-services program it can and has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to further cut MaineCare and health programs for fellow citizens has somehow now found the capital to send a g
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 14, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 14, 2012
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Inside Maine's mouth

Last summer, 29-year-old "Jane," who lives in Portland, had a serious problem involving an "old root canal gone wrong."
The state's decaying dental health
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 27, 2012
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Maine's donkey party loves the rich and the poor — but can't protect both

In the current legislative fight over Republican Governor Paul LePage's lust to slash Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) programs because of a $221-million shortfall in its budget, Democrats say over and over that they want to protect the po
Two-faced Democrats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 17, 2012

What were you hoping for?

In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
LePage's year
By AL DIAMON  |  December 30, 2011

Indestructible machine

The weird thing about the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is not that it wastes enormous amounts of taxpayer money. It's that it doesn't have any fun doing it.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services
By AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 2011


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Fraud isn't killing Maine's welfare system — conservative misunderstanding is

Last week in Ellsworth, Governor Paul LePage renewed his efforts to change Maine's welfare system, calling for increased restrictions on benefits for people seeking taxpayer support to get health coverage through the state's Medicaid program.
Barely hanging on
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 18, 2011
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Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat

Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich whi
They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 01, 2011
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Band-Aid for expensive healthcare

Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
By TANYA WHITON  |  October 23, 2009