Maine Democrats: LePage is a murderer

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The Democratic activist group Maine People’s Alliance is calling Gov. Paul LePage and Republican lawmakers killers for opposing a bill to expand Medicaid.

“157. Number of Mainers estimated to die this year if Gov. LePage and the Legislature fail to accept federal health care funds,” screams the landing page of a new MPA-funded website, 157Mainers.com.

Within hours of the website coming online, the Maine Democratic Party, the Maine Center for Economic Policy (a Democratic think tank) and liberals across the state rushed to endorse the harsh message on social media.

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Mike Tipping, blogger and spokesman of the Maine People’s Alliance

The website links to a HealthAffairs.org blog post which estimates adverse outcomes it claims would be avoided under the proposed expansion of Medicaid, known in Maine as MaineCare. The website predicts a high estimate of 157 deaths and a low of 31 deaths.

Those mortality estimates are, in turn, based on research papers from 2009 and 2012.

The tactic – calling a political official with whom you disagree about health care policy a murderer – has been used by Democratic activists in other states within the context of Obamacare debates.

In Pennsylvania, the liberal activist group Keystone Progress runs a website titled, TomCorbettKilled4PeopleToday.com. The website states, “284 – Total estimated number of deaths since January 1, 2014 because Tom Corbett won’t allow the expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania.”

That website links to the same sources as the MPA’s website.

Maine Sen. Angus King also used a similar tactic in regard to Obamacare. Last September, King told Salon.com that conservative opponents of the president’s health care law, such as Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, are “guilty of murder.

The Maine People’s Alliance is a 501(c)4 nonprofit that has endorsed Rep. Michael Michaud’s gubernatorial campaign and has made political expenditures on his behalf via a political action committee.

The Democratic attack website goes live as Maine’s Senate prepares to vote on Medicaid expansion legislation Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATE: Liberal University of Maine professor Amy Fried has expressed her agreement with MPA’s belief that LePage and Republican lawmakers are or will be murderers if they don’t implement a health care policy she has consistently advocated for in her BDN blog. “Read the research,” Fried wrote on The Maine Wire’s Facebook page Wednesday morning. “It’s very clear that lack of expansion is associated with preventable deaths.”

The professor, who typically advocates for civility in political dialogue, did not condemn the Democratic activists’ harsh rhetoric. According to UMaine payroll records available at MaineOpenGov.org, Fried’s taxpayer-funded annual salary is more than $80,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package worth nearly $40,000.

UPDATE: The Maine Democratic Party and Ericka Dodge, communications director for Maine Senate President Justin Alfond (D-Portland), joined the chorus of Democrats who are calling people with whom they disagree about health care policy murderers. On Wednesday morning, the Maine Democrats and Dodge both changed their Twitter profile picture to an icon that includes a link to the MPA’s attack website.

25 COMMENTS

  1. If this is such a problem why didn’t former Gov. Baldacci do anything about it? How many people died when he was in office? Their dropping dead now but not when he was in office. Stop the name calling grow up. Or no one is going to take you seriously.

  2. The Maine People’s Alliance should be protesting against Alfond right about now for his part in attempting murder on jobs in Limestone. Limestone is a town that desperately needs jobs. It is literally a ghost town when you drive through. There is no activity and it’s depressed. Yet Alfond doesn’t want to see jobs there by the plans of Governor LePage! The Maine People’s Alliance is protecting Alfond so they are the real culprit in killing people-their hopes, dreams and well-being!

  3. Why isn’t MPA advocating for smoking being made illegal, and all tobacco products in the state seized? Are they tobacco assassins? Why isn’t Mike Tipping personally visiting every store that sells non-diet sodas and dumping them on the floor? Is he a diabetes assassin?

    Why isn’t MPA demanding expansion to another 140,000 clients so that they could save 300 + more lives?

    Why isn’t MPA chasing down derelict parents who are allowing their children to suffer? Why isn’t MPA advocating to get government out of the way so jobs can be created and lives saved?

    MPA; should they be called the Murderous Progressives Alliance?

  4. The Marxist leaning Maine Peoples Alliance and their mouthpiece Mike Tipping are despicable individuals for this type of fact less rhetoric, but it’s not surprising. They are following the Saul Alinsky tactic of making any accusation, no matter how baseless or despicable, to promote their agenda. To these idiots I say show me the proof.

  5. When the Marxist Peoples Alliance canvassers aren’t stealing cash from granny’s pocketbook, they find time to accuse Republicans of murder because we disagree with them on Obamacare Medicaid expansion. This is a new low in the professional Left’s campaign to use poor people as human shields to advance liberalism’s self-serving progressive agenda to fundamentally transform America. “Disgusting” is too mild a term to describe these people.

  6. “Read the research,” Fried wrote on The Maine Wire’s Facebook page Wednesday morning. “It’s very clear that lack of expansion is associated with preventable deaths.”

    I’m pretty sure that research shows as well “that abortion is associated with preventable deaths.”

    What are Fried and Murderous Progressives Alliance doing about that?

  7. All of these ‘people’ that are pushing this hysteria are liars and frauds, no one is ever denied healthcare even if they can’t pay for it, never have. This whole argument is a fairy tale made up by leftists, for control of the people not to help any one, and until that is out in the open this stupidity will continue!

  8. Well, they ought to know as their illustrious President has shown them what a murder looks like and IS. With his drones, his ObamaCare and his hunting down American citizens overseas and executing them without bringing them home to stand trial and have due process of law…Dems are very well aware what a murder really looks like because they support one!

  9. This is the language of the left, its extreme and its effective, the right has taken the high road to long, the right needs to adopt this language as well. An appropriate response would be… “if Maine expands coverage, we will need to raise taxes by 100%, cut all funding to all schools, and all Maine Children will never learn to read or write.”

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