About 22 percent of Mainers hold part-time jobs; the national average is 17 percent. "As a result of their short-term spike in income, many of Maine’s working class will likely lose some or all of their health-insurance subsidy, a feature of the federal health-care law, which has been a complicated blessing for the citizens of Maine," Steinhauer reports.
|Sen. Susan Collins (NYT photo by Yoon Byun)|
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "omitted" Collins from a working group of senators he picked to draft the Senate bill, but she "has formed a bipartisan working group that may help build a foundation for future changes should Senate Republicans fail on their own, which seems increasingly likely," Steinhauer writes.
Maine could be a model for some reforms. It was one of a handful of states that included a “guaranteed issue” policy of health insurance, regardless of pre-existing medical conditions, has one of the few remaining health-insurance cooperatives, and formed high-risk pools to help sick people buy insurance, while stabilizing the markets. Collins says the House bill doesn’t fund high-risk pools anywhere near the level that Maine has.