I visited the Capitol last Thursday with the physicians of the Maine Medical Association. Gov. LePage met with us to hear physicians’ concerns about the future of health care, medical education and other matters.

He began by stating that he was glad that “welfare costs” had been brought under control, and said that he had just learned of some good economic news: The median state income had risen above $40,000.

This statement seemed to link the issues, suggesting that the control of “welfare costs” had been a cause of the economic uptick. This may not be the case. Other states, which had not slashed welfare benefits, have also seen substantial economic growth.

An economic recovery that leaves our poorest citizens without health insurance is, to put it simply, an unjust recovery. We should expand Medicaid this year because it is the right thing to do.

Peter Bridgman, M.D.