Governor says voters wrong to approve Medicaid expansion


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Maine’s governor said on Wednesday, Nov. 8, that residents of his state made an expensive mistake when they voted to expand access to Medicaid, and he was hesitant to implement it at all.

Governor Paul LePage, R-Maine, has vetoed five different attempts by the state lawmakers to expand the program. But Maine voters decided the issue at the polls Tuesday, approving a Medicaid expansion under former President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

LePage said a previous Medicaid expansion in Maine created yawning hospital debts and failed to reduce emergency room use. He said he wouldn’t implement the new expansion until it was fully funded by the state Legislature.

Tuesday’s vote was the first time since Obama’s health care law took effect that the question had been put in front of any U.S. voters.