Build on current system to improve health care


Guaranteeing entry to high-quality, inexpensive well being care protection for Mainers has been a precedence of mine since being elected to the state Senate in 2010. I spent important time inspecting our present well being care system as chair of the Insurance coverage and Monetary Companies Committee. I’m troubled by calls to utterly exchange it with an unproven state government-run system that’s prone to cut back entry and damage Maine households and small companies.

Throughout my time within the state legislature, I sponsored payments to make sure sustainable well being care entry to our neighbors within the rural Jackman area. A government-run possibility will undo the progress we’ve made in increasing rural entry throughout your entire state. In truth, as much as half of rural hospitals might be financially in danger beneath a government-run system.

As a small-business proprietor, I’ve skilled firsthand the problem Maine’s small companies have skilled over the past two years. Whittemore & Sons has offered and serviced outside energy tools for central Maine since 1970, but seldom have we seen the hardship workers and employers have lived by way of as a result of pandemic. Elevated taxes from a government-run system would do much more hurt on high of provide chain difficulties and hovering inflation, forcing extra companies to shut and lay off staff.

A brand new, flawed government-controlled system is just unaffordable for Maine’s households and small companies. I’m calling on my colleagues in Augusta to construct on the successes of our present system and enhance upon it the place essential to hold high-quality well being care and protection accessible to all.

Rod Whittemore


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