Maine Medicaid expansion vote seen as Obamacare referendum

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Maine Medicaid expansion vote seen as Obamacare referendum

In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, photo, Bethany Miller poses for a photo as she holds a photo album with her late son Kyle Wilson and his daughter on the cover in Jay, Maine. Miller said her son, who died from a diabetic coma, would've been among those in Maine who could benefit if voters on Nov. 7 demand a Medicaid expansion. "He had a job, but he didn’t make enough money to pay for his basic needs and his insulin, and he couldn't live without his insulin," said Miller. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
FILE-In this March 8, 2017 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a town hall meeting in Yarmouth, Maine. On Nov. 7, voters in Maine will decide whether to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. LePage is steadfastly against against a referendum to expand Medicaid, which he calls big-government welfare. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, photo State Rep. Deborah Sanderson, a Republican, explains her reasons for not wanting to expand Medicaid while speaking to reporter at the State House in Augusta, Maine. "It's a case of only having a certain amount of resources to take care of a large number of needs," Sanderson said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, photo GOP consultant Lance Dutson speaks to a reporter in Portland, Maine. Dutson said Maine's referendum is a "national bellwether" on Obama's law. “People believe there are good parts to Obamacare and bad parts to Obamacare. And without taking Medicaid expansion, we are leaving one of the good parts on the table while still suffering from the bad parts of it,” said Dutson. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine Medicaid expansion vote seen as Obamacare referendum

In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, photo, Bethany Miller poses for a photo as she holds a photo album with her late son Kyle Wilson and his daughter on the cover in Jay, Maine. Miller said her son, who died from a diabetic coma, would've been among those in Maine who could benefit if voters on Nov. 7 demand a Medicaid expansion. "He had a job, but he didn’t make enough money to pay for his basic needs and his insulin, and he couldn't live without his insulin," said Miller. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
FILE-In this March 8, 2017 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a town hall meeting in Yarmouth, Maine. On Nov. 7, voters in Maine will decide whether to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. LePage is steadfastly against against a referendum to expand Medicaid, which he calls big-government welfare. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, photo State Rep. Deborah Sanderson, a Republican, explains her reasons for not wanting to expand Medicaid while speaking to reporter at the State House in Augusta, Maine. "It's a case of only having a certain amount of resources to take care of a large number of needs," Sanderson said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, photo GOP consultant Lance Dutson speaks to a reporter in Portland, Maine. Dutson said Maine's referendum is a "national bellwether" on Obama's law. “People believe there are good parts to Obamacare and bad parts to Obamacare. And without taking Medicaid expansion, we are leaving one of the good parts on the table while still suffering from the bad parts of it,” said Dutson. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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