The Senate voted 22-13 on Friday, falling two votes short of the two-thirds support needed to override the Republican governor's veto.
In his veto message, Gov. Paul LePage says Maine can't afford to expand the program, and can't trust federal promises of funds to cover the costs.
Supporters of universal health care are applauding an initial vote in the Maine House today that would authorize a study of implementing such a system in Maine. It's not the first time the issue has been studied in the state. But as Patty Wight reports, it's the first time supporters say the idea has gotten traction.
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