If my home is burning, should the fire department refuse to extinguish the blaze if I work a low-income job? Surely, we expect equal treatment for all when it comes to fighting fires, plowing roads or educating children.

Yet when it comes to health care, Gov. Paul LePage disagrees. He has prevented nearly 70,000 working Mainers from obtaining insurance.

The Affordable Care Act was designed to cover these workers, but when Medicaid expansion was made optional for states, LePage used his veto three times to deny insurance. These Maine workers continue without coverage.

November’s election can correct this injustice. Dave Miramant, a Democrat from Camden, is running for Knox County’s state Senate seat and is endorsed by retiring Sen. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland. Miramant stands with Mike Michaud in making Medicaid expansion a Day 1 priority. Join me and vote for Miramant to make a difference for 70,000 working Mainers.

Diane Smith

Cushing

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