As a family physician, I support Janet Mills for our next governor. She strongly advocates for Medicaid expansion and increased access to health care for all Mainers. The expansion would cover over 70,000 Mainers, most of whom work. According to studies by Harvard Medical School and City University of New York, over 150 Mainers will die in the next year if Medicaid expansion does not take effect. I have seen the tragic results of Mainers not having access to timely, comprehensive health care. We’ve lost far too many folks to premature disability or death. I am alarmed that Republican Shawn Moody does not support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Given Moody’s decision not to take part this summer’s forum on the opioid crisis and instead attended a NASCAR event, I am left questioning his commitment to the well being of all Mainers. How can we be a prosperous state without a healthy population?

Dr. Catherine Crute