Maine Legislature

House Democratic Office






July 13, 2012

Contact: Jodi Quintero [Cain] 287-1488, c. 841-6279


Cain: Health care debate should focus on the issues, not offensive and misleading remarks


Good morning, I’m State Representative Emily Cain of Orono, the Democratic leader in the Maine House.


Thank you for tuning in!


It has been hard this week to miss the latest controversy stemming from Governor Paul LePage’s offensive Gestapo reference in his radio address on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.


Once again, the Governor's inappropriate remarks have drawn negative national attention to Maine and caused a backlash from the public. It is simply not okay to trivialize the experience of victims in Nazi Germany for political shock. Ever.


While it has been hard to hear anything beyond the outcry about the Governor's remarks on the Holocaust, the Governor has also continued to make false claims about Obamacare that have largely gone unchallenged. 


While most people have accepted the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court and are ready to move forward to understand and implement the law, the governor and his Republican allies say they will still fight it. 


This is a mistake because Obamacare will provide real relief for Maine families who need healthcare. Finally! You will be able to see your doctor without losing sleep over paying the bill.


If you work for a mill… a factory or repair shop… or if you're over 50… if you have asthma or breast cancer or any other medical condition, you'll be guaranteed coverage -- especially when you're sick.


If you're retired, you'll have better access to the medicine you need. If you live in rural Maine, you'll have more choices for health care, instead of just higher bills.


If you're just starting out in your career, you can stay on your parents' insurance until you're settled and have a job and support yourself.


But instead of working to increase access to affordable health care for Maine people. Governor LePage and Republican lawmakers want to deny care – even if implementing Obamacare means a huge savings for the state and puts more money in the pockets of middle class families and small businesses.


Non-partisan, independent accounts show that middle-income Maine families stand to gain up to a $10,000 tax credit toward health care expenses from the new law.


Plus, the state will save between $65 and $118 million over the next six years because of Obamacare. That means more money for schools, roads, and public safety.


While it’s hard to understand, the governor and his Republican allies are choosing not to cover people because of their own personal, political disagreement with President Barack Obama.


Since coming into office, LePage and his Republican allies have had two simple objectives about health care: cut coverage for those who need it most, and remove safeguards and increase the profits of insurance companies.

The Republican approach to health care policy in Maine is to pick a handful of winners and toss the rest of us out.

It has never been more clear in history which party is sticking up for you and which one is selling you out.


Next week, let's keep the debate on the issues, not offensive remarks and drama.


Obamacare is not perfect, but the state should be working to make sure Maine people get the maximum benefit from the new health care law.


Democrats know that Maine people deserve it.  Democrats have your back.


Thank you for listening. I’m Rep. Emily Cain from Orono.