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Democrats, LePage Clash Over Hospital Debt
05/16/2013 02:19 PM ET  

The Democratic plan to tie repaying hospital debt to acceptance of federal funding to expand Medicaid has set the stage for a showdown with LePage, who has his own proposal to pay down hospital debt.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ House Speaker Mark Eves says a Democratic proposal to expand Medicaid while paying off hospital debt is a deal that Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage can't refuse. LePage, meanwhile, is accusing Democrats of playing politics.

The Democratic plan to tie repaying hospital debt to acceptance of federal funding to expand Medicaid has set the stage for a showdown with LePage, who has his own proposal to pay down hospital debt.

LePage wants to use money from a renegotiation of Maine's liquor sales contract to pay the state's share of the hospital debt, $186 million. The remaining $298 million would be matched by federal money.

Eves said Thursday the Democratic proposal is better because the Medicaid expansion reduces hospital expenses. LePage previously suggested he'd veto a bill that links the two.



 

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