This is getting a fair amount of coverage all over the place, but oral hygiene is so terribly important that I'm making a note here as well. According to "Inside Maine's Mouth," the piece I wrote about Maine's dental-health landscape in May, "In 2010, Maine ranked 34TH OUT OF 50 STATES in terms of the percentage of residents who had seen a dental provider in the past year (just under 69 percent)."
A presidential candidate was in Monument Square this afternoon -- and only about 20 people showed up to hear her speak.
Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president (about whom Chris Faraone wrote a terrific piece in this week's Phoenix), blasted the "politics of fear" that keep third-party candidates out of mainstream political discussions.
Josh Barro over at Bloomberg News has an interesting
theory on why Governor Paul LePage is so upset at the Obamacare
mandate that he called the IRS "the new Gestapo" (and then pretended to apologize). Barro's theory? That LePage
knows he'll have to work with the federal tax agency, rather than being able to
tell President Obama to "go to hell," as LePage promised on the campaign trail
Well, what we were worried about last year has come to pass: the likely closure of rural healthcare clinics in Maine that provide screenings, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, birth control, pre-natal care, and other sexual health services to women who qualify for reduced or free care. Some clinics also perform abortions.
A few years ago, I interviewed sometimes-Portlander Chris Korzen about his book, A Nation For All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America From the Politics of Division (Jossey-Bass), and organization for which he serves as executive director, Catholics United.
That organization is taking a high-profile stand in support of members of Congress (specifically, pro-life Dems) who voted for health-care reform and are now taking heat from anti-abortion activists
The New Republic has a running series about how health-care reform was ultimately passed in the form we got. Today is part four of the five-part epic, in which the publication reveals that despite hours upon hours of one-on-one conversations with Senate leaders and even President Obama, Olympia Snowe ultimately opposed the deal because it wasn't debated enough.
A Reuters investigative report today reveals that Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Maine, has had a practice of targeting women diagnosed with breast cancer for additional health scrutiny and even cancellation of insurance policies.
If you know someone with breast cancer, or if you have it, or if you know eight women (breast cancer will strike one in eight women in her lifetime) you will want to read this Reuters report.