The view from Maine on the health-care debate

Wednesday, October 21, 2009; 10:15 PM

Washington Post staff writer Ceci Connolly collected the following comments about health-care reform from Maine residents as she wrote her article about the state's junior senator, Susan Collins (R).

"It's very important the American people see a deliberative process. We should not try to do this before Veterans Day. That would be a disaster."

-- Collins

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"I don't think there's enough focus on cost containment in the Senate Finance Committee bill. . . . I fear this bill would result in increased health insurance premiums for middle-class families."

-- Collins

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"I don't play the game with the administration, 'I'll give them a vote if they give me X, Y, Z for Maine.' I advocate very hard for the state of Maine on a host of issues, but I'm not interested in a quid pro quo."

-- Collins

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"My concern is: How are they going to pay for it? How are they going to manage it? I don't like all the waste I see in government."

-- Jenness Robbins, director of Robbins Lumber, Searsmont, Maine

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"Nobody can argue the needs of their state are significantly greater than the state of Maine. We're older, poorer and largely rural."

-- Frank McGinty, executive vice president, MaineHealth * * *

"Our nation's health-care system, despite vast amounts of money being poured into it, is not yielding the best results. The real problem is the rising cost of services being provided to patients."

-- David Howes, chief executive, Martin's Point Health Care


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