Susan Collins is the Republican Senator from Maine whose refusal to vote for the health care reform bill on offer (and any of the prior efforts) is centered on her insistence that the bill’s cuts to reductions to growth in Medicaid payments to the States—Maine in particular—are too great. Collins needs to be asked, and required to give straight, substantive answers to, a number of questions.
What is Maine’s government doing to reduce the costs to its citizens of health care and of health coverage?
What is Maine’s government doing to make health care available to its citizens in the absence of health coverage?
On what is Maine’s government spending its citizens’ tax money on instead of Medicaid? What does the Maine government consider to be more important than the health of its citizens?
On what basis does she insist that the citizens of New York, Illinois, California, Texas—any of the other 49 States—must be required to pay into Maine’s Medicaid program?