Owner system

Building on the current system to improve health care

Ensuring access to high quality and affordable health care coverage for Maine residents has been a priority of mine since being elected to the State Senate in 2010. I have spent a great deal of time reviewing our health care system. health as chair of the insurance and financial services committee. I am troubled by calls to completely replace it with an unproven state government-run system that is likely to reduce access and hurt Maine families and small businesses.

During my time in the state legislature, I sponsored bills aimed at ensuring sustainable access to health care for our neighbors in rural Jackman. A government-run option will undo the progress we’ve made in expanding rural access statewide. In fact, up to half of rural hospitals could be financially at risk in a government-run system.

As a small business owner, I have experienced firsthand the challenges faced by small businesses in Maine over the past two years. Whittemore & Sons has been supplying and servicing outdoor electrical equipment for central Maine since 1970, but rarely have we seen the hardships employees and employers have experienced due to the pandemic. Raising taxes from a government-run system would hurt even more on top of supply chain difficulties and soaring inflation, forcing more businesses to close and lay off workers.

A flawed new government-controlled system is simply unaffordable for Maine families and small businesses. I call on my colleagues at Augusta to build on the successes of our current system and improve it where necessary to maintain high-quality health care and coverage accessible to all.

Rod Whittemore

Skowhegan


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