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Cutler Critical of Maine Medicaid Report
01/14/2014 11:24 AM ET  

Independent Eliot Cutler, who's seeking Gov. LePage's job, told reporters today that the so-called Alexander Report contains made-up numbers and that the projections were made to serve a political purpose.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is criticizing a Medicaid expansion report commissioned by the LePage administration.

Cutler told reporters at a news conference Tuesday the so-called Alexander Report contains made-up numbers and that the projections were made to serve a political purpose.

He said the report assumes that Maine's poverty rate will grow at a level far beyond what other government agencies project.

Cutler said he would sign a Democratic bill to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, but he said the long-term goal for Maine would be universal health care.

The report says the expansion under the Affordable Care Act would cost the state $807 million over the first decade, even with the federal government footing the bill for the first three years.


 

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