Westbrook, MAINE - House Republicans sustained Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that provided the funding to implement Medicaid Expansion, even though the  bill received bipartisan support in the Maine House and Senate and the governor himself said such a bill was necessary if he was to move ahead with implementing the law.

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett issued the following statement:

“The message sent by Paul LePage and House Republicans couldn’t be more clear: even though Medicaid Expansion is the law of the land, they will not allow it to be implemented as Mainers intended when they overwhelmingly approved it at the ballot box. 

“Mainers want a governor and a legislature that will honor the will of the people, and that’s why we need to elect Janet Mills and Democrats up and down the ballot this November. Shawn Moody has pledged to continue the legacy of Republican obstruction when it comes to the will of the voters, and he has even committed to repealing Medicaid expansion if elected.

“Janet Mills knows expanding Medicaid will make Mainers healthier and be a substantial boost for our economy; we simply can’t afford to let Shawn Moody and Republicans repeal it.”