Maine gets break in federal health care overhaul

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Well we can add the entire State of Maine to the over 1,000 waivers that have been issued for Obamacare:

The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years.

The decision makes Maine the first state to receive a waiver of the requirement. Similar requests are pending from Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire.

In seeking the waiver, Maine Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman feared that one of three major insurers offering individual plans in Maine would withdraw from the market altogether if the federal requirement remained in place. The insurer, MEGA Life and Health Insurance Co., has 37 percent of the state’s individual market.
CNBC

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Maine voters latest to turn down gay marriage

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Well the same sex marriage amendments continue to play out state to state as they should under the Constitution and Maine becomes the 31st state to vote for traditional marriage with a man and woman as the people let their voices be heard. The minority had their chance and lost. One more agenda that is being crammed down the American people’s throats that they don’t want.

Maine voters latest to turn down gay marriage

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – Voters in Maine on Tuesday overturned a law allowing same-sex couples to wed, dealing a fresh setback to the U.S. gay marriage movement in a race that attracted national attention.

The law was approved by Maine’s Legislature in May but was not implemented after opponents gathered enough signatures to put the issue to a “people’s veto.” (Every time the people get a chance to vote, they vote same sex marriage down)

With 87 percent of precincts reporting, votes to reject the law were running at 52.75 percent to 47.25 percent, according to unofficial tallies from the Bangor Daily News.

Frank Schubert, chief organizer of the “Yes on 1” campaign to reject same-sex marriage in the state, claimed victory early on Wednesday, although his opponents refused to concede.

Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont are the only U.S. states where a same-sex marriage law is on the books. In each instance, the laws were approved by legislatures and judges, not by popular vote.

Citizens in some 30 states before Maine voted against same-sex marriages.

The referendum in sparsely populated Maine was thrust onto the national stage, attracting large levels of funding and battle-hardened strategists.

The outcome is “further evidence that although voters have shown tolerance toward same sex couples, they draw the line at marriage,” said Jeff Flint, a partner with Schubert Flint Public Affairs in Sacramento, who worked on California’s “Yes on 8” campaign in 2008. “They feel marriage is different.”

Groups in favor of traditional marriage prevailed in Maine even though they were outspent two-to-one by the “No on 1” groups, Flint said.

Reuters.com