A report from an Obama appointee puts the lie to Maine Democrats’ charge that Gov. Paul LePage and Republican lawmakers are killers for opposing a Medicaid expansion bill.
“Adjusted for demographic, health status, and health behavior characteristics, the risk of subsequent mortality is no different for uninsured respondents than for those covered by employer-sponsored group insurance . . . The Institute of Medicine’s estimate that lack of insurance leads to 18,000 excess deaths each year is almost certainly incorrect,” Dr. Richard Kronick wrote in an August 2009 Health Services Research paper. (Emphasis added)
Kronick was appointed by the Obama administration to serve on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in August of last year.
Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are still eager to embrace the Democratic Maine People’s Alliance’s claim that LePage and GOP lawmakers will be responsible for the deaths of 157 Mainers. The latest pol to endorse the unsavory propaganda is Sen. Anne Haskell (D-Portland) who delivered an underwhelming performance this morning on WGAN’s Ken and Mike Show.