Unfortunately, Mr. Gardiner gives more than equal time for those who blame Maine’s failures not on government control, but a sick and poor population. Talk about blaming the victim! These folks also blame the fact that Maine has a single, dominant, health insurer – without recognizing the government policies that created this dominance, and ignoring Mr. Bragdon’s proposal that the New England states form a compact to allow their residents greater choices.
Unfortunately, these folks don’t recognize their own neurosis (which means doing the same thing again and again, despite the fact that it no longer works). Big Government in Maine can’t solve the health crisis. Gargantuan Government from Washington, DC can’t solve it either.