This afternoon, the Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, is joining Janet Mills to talk about Medicaid expansion.
Janet Mills has been a vocal supporter of expanding Medicaid, despite the challenges it presents to our state, including the complete absence of sustainable funding.
While Janet Mills is already a familiar name here in Maine, Jay Inslee is not. Let us do you the favor of introducing Governor Inslee and some of the ways he will advise funding Medicaid:
"The governor’s supplemental budget also includes nearly $162 million to cover anticipated shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program"
"Many Democrats said the plan puts too heavy a burden on Seattle-area homeowners who could see their tax bills rise by hundreds of dollars a year."
"To backfill the withdrawal, Inslee, a Democrat, said he’ll once again propose a tax on carbon pollution"
For any Mainers and Maine press attending the event today, we have a few questions that may be helpful to ask Governor Inslee and Activist AG Janet Mills:
IS IT ADVISABLE TO MAKE LONG TERM SPENDING COMMITMENTS USING ONE TIME FUNDING?
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REDUCES MATCHING FUNDS?
IS IT ADVISABLE TO PROVIDE MEDICAID TO ABLE BODIED ADULTS WHILE THERE IS STILL A WAIT LIST FOR OUR ELDERLY TO RECEIVE MEDICAL SERVICES?
HOW WILL THE STATE OF MAINE SUSTAINABLY FUND MEDICAID EXPANSION?
HOW MUCH MORE CAN THE AVERAGE MAINE FAMILY EXPECT TO PAY IN TAXES?
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL THIS TAKE OUT OF EDUCATION FUNDING?
WASHINGTON STATE INCREASED ITS BUDGET 13.5% FROM THE LAST BIENNIAL BUDGET, COULD WE AFFORD THIS IN MAINE?
HOW HAS THIS ALL BEEN WORKING OUT FOR SEATTLE? (https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/after-14-years-ive-had-it-im-leaving-seattle/)
We look forward to some answers...