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Maine governor: Medicaid expansion 'sinful'

By Associated Press
Posted: March 15, 2014 - 4:30 pm ET

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is ratcheting up the rhetoric on Medicaid expansion, describing it as "sinful."

LePage made the remark in a visit to Kennebunk, Maine, on Friday, a day after trading barbs with the Democratic leadership, saying they "don't know what they're doing" and "don't care about Maine."

House Speaker Mark Eves responded that "life-saving health care is not sinful." He also said LePage's "bad policies and erratic behavior," not Democrats, were the problem.

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The York County Coast Star said LePage talked to workers at the local water district, a bank and an insurance company before a town hall meeting.

LePage described the debate over Medicaid expansion as a "legacy battle" over the Affordable Care Act. Asked if there's hope, LePage responded, "The last hope is the November election."

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