Expanding MaineCare to everyone in the state will reduce access to health care and raise taxes

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Katherine Pelletreau is the executive director of the Maine Association of Health Plans. Jeffrey Austin is vice president of government affairs for the Maine Hospital Association.

Access to affordable health care is an important issue for all Mainers. As baby boomers continue to age and younger generations are increasingly raising families of their own, ensuring family budgets aren’t hurt by increasing health care and insurance costs is a priority for us all.

But a bill introduced in the Maine Legislature, LD 1608, would we believe lead us in the wrong direction. The consequences of this legislation could be less access to care and higher taxes for us all. Rather than making improvements to our current health care system, this one-size-fits-all legislation would put more control in the hands of the government.

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