The Maine Small Business Coalition today released the names of more than 150 Maine small business owners who support a Yes vote on Question 2, which would expand access to Medicaid for about 70,000 Mainers.
Tim Soley, the owner of the Hyatt Place Portland and several other businesses, spoke about the need to ensure more Mainers have access to quality, affordable health care.
“I support expanding Medicaid because I believe there to be compelling moral, philosophical and business reasons demanding it,” Soley said. “I want to make sure that no citizen is deprived of access to health care due to a lack of financial capacity. ... As more people get regular checkups and quality preventative care, they live healthier lives and avoid expensive trips to the emergency room. This leads to both healthier people AND lower health care costs for everyone.”
Question 2 was placed on the Nov. 7 ballot by a broad coalition of groups, who collected more than 66,000 signatures from all 16 Maine counties. A Yes vote on Question 2 would bring more than $500 million new dollars a year into the state and strengthen Maine’s hospitals.
“I’m a licensed clinical professional counselor, and I own and operate a private behavioral health practice in Yarmouth,” said Cate DiMarzio. “Expanding Medicaid will mean more Mainers can afford care and will mean more jobs for health care professionals like me. The Maine Center for Economic Policy estimates that expanding MaineCare would create over 3,000 new, permanent jobs in Maine.”
Jim Britt also attended on behalf of Nate Barr, the owner of Zootility Tools in Portland, and read a statement at the press conference, describing his manufacturing company and explaining why Question 2 is right for Maine.
“Too many Mainers currently can’t afford the basic health care coverage that means they can afford regular checkups and other types of preventative care,” Barr said in a written statement. “Instead they are forced to wait until they get very sick and go to the hospital, where care is much more expensive, and we all bear the cost. Expanding will help to hold down health care costs for everyone.”
A list of endorsing businesses can be found at: www.mainesmallbusiness.org/yeson2