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Even after eight years in office, Gov. Paul LePage can still drive liberals crazy.
The Maine Republican already had a reputation for contrary behavior and a governing style that was definitely not politically correct, but his latest stance is sending opponents ever further around the bend than usual.
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That’s because LePage is refusing to go along with the results of a popular referendum on one of Obamacare’s most suicidal provisions.
With LePage in the governor’s office, Maine has been one of 18 states that didn’t expand Medicaid from a program for families with children, the elderly and others with special needs to a much wider program that covers all low-income, able-bodied adults.
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According to the Bangor Daily News, LePage has vetoed bills approved by Maine’s legislature to expand Medicaid five times during his time in office.
In November, lawmakers thought they found a way around the governor’s veto pen by putting the issue on a popular referendum where it passed by 60 percent of the vote, according to NPR.
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But the vote that still matters is behind the governor’s desk in the capital of Augusta.
With a mainstream media that loves to call LePage a “tea party Republican,” his resistance is making news in outlets far outside The Pine Tree State.
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Do you admire Maine's governor for sticking to his guns?
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Politico made note of the fact Maine would have been the first state to expand Medicaid since President Donald Trump was elected.
But LePage is giving no ground.
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In a letter to lawmakers one month after the referendum, LePage made it clear he was not going to put his signature on a bill that would bankrupt his state.
“While I remain adamantly...
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