For months last year, we heard about the state’s hospital debt and Gov. LePage pushing state lawmakers to pass his plan to pay it off. Democrats had used the hospitals as their personal credit card to pay for past Medicaid expansions and run up a $500 million tab for welfare debt.

It’s unbelievable to me that politicians have such short memories. After that fiasco, they want to expand the same welfare program that created the hospital debt by adding 70,000 able-bodied, working-age adults to the rolls, and they want to do it under the disastrous Obamacare law.

We’re seeing left and right how the budget crunch is hurting Mainers. Democratic majority state lawmakers are even raiding the rainy day fund just to pay routine bills.

It’s all because Medicaid is eating the budget whole, climbing from 13 percent of state spending in 1998 to 25 percent today and a projected 40 percent by 2024. Now is the time to say “no” to more welfare debt.

Rick Snow


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