Old adages make a lot of sense, and “penny wise and pound foolish” fits today’s Maine Legislature.

This governor and his rubber-stamp legislators think they’re saving the state money by cutting people off Medicaid but they can’t stop them from being sick, so the action only shifts costs.

Without Medicaid, people seek medical attention in the emergency room — a much more expensive alternative. Hospitals pass increased costs on those with insurance. Fewer people can keep up with the increased premiums, so they cancel their health insurance policies. So now even more people use emergency rooms for primary care.

Democrat Brian Jones is running for the Legislature in District 45. He’s a husband, a father, a volunteer firefighter, a town selectman and a math teacher. He’ll make sure the numbers add up instead of rubber-stamping the governor’s agenda.

Diane Hull


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