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Maine Rejected Medicaid Expansion and Found Success. Now, House Health Bill Would Send Us Backward.

As conversations swirl on Capitol Hill and across the nation regarding the repeal of Obamacare and Medicaid reform, I would like to describe Maine’s success in reducing Medicaid enrollment by 24 percent in the last five years and why our experience is relevant to the ongoing debate. In our corner of the United States, we have made tough decisions to restore fiscal discipline and strengthen our financial commitments within Medicaid for our elderly and disabled. To understand how far we’ve come, you need a bit of background about where we were. From 2000 to 2010, previous administrations expanded Maine’s Medicaid program, causing it to double both in enrollment and cost. Due to annual shortfalls, the state was unable to pay hospital bills and provider rates were constantly slashed to bail out the Medicaid … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

House Panel Votes to Preserve, Expand DC School Vouchers

A House committee voted Friday to continue a school voucher program for poor children in the District of Columbia, signaling Republicans’ intent to follow through on President Donald Trump’s promise to expand school choice throughout the country. The program, known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, provides federally funded scholarships to low-income families in the nation’s capital. The scholarships enable them to take their children out of a failing public school and send them to a private school of their choice. The scholarship program currently serves more than 1,200 students each year, but would be able to expand under the legislation before Congress. “Public schools in D.C. have struggled for decades, with some of the worst academic outcomes in the nation,” Lindsey Burke, an education policy expert at The Heritage Foundation, said. “While … Read entire article »

Filed under: Department of Education, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Nancy Pelosi tries to make Republicans regret Hillary’s loss; Trump offers The Resistance™ a new hero (Sunday open thread)

Nancy Pelosi tries to make Republicans regret Hillary’s loss; Trump offers The Resistance™ a new hero (Sunday open thread)

**Written by Doug Powers Another Sunday is upon us, and with it the weekly free-for-all open thread. A few things to get the ball rolling… Because this came out of the mouth of Nancy Pelosi, it’s by default most likely a lie, but she’ll say anything to get people to be sorry Hillary lost: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she would have retired if Hillary Clinton had won the White House in last year’s election. “If Hillary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America