Sarah Palin was right about the death panels, she was just wrong about which party would establish them.

We have the panel of Gov. Paul LePage and Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, contracting with an out-of-state company that does not deliver MaineCare patients to their medical appointments.

It’s a money-saving arrangement. If they can’t get to medical services, MaineCare doesn’t have to pay for the services.

Next, the panel contracted with Gary Alexander to study MaineCare. Alexander’s job in Pennsylvania was to separate patients from their medical care, and presumably our governor hoped for similar benefits here in Maine. But he has been refusing to release to us citizens the study that we paid for. Not to fear! The panel has access to it.

Attorney General Janet Mills has asked the panel to comply with the law and release the study. She had best be careful. LePage may take a lesson from his brother governor in New Jersey, and shut down Routes 2, 4 and 27 to cut off her hometown of Farmington from the rest of the world.

Larry ManesAugusta