Legislators failed to override Governor Paul LePage's veto of a funding package that would have covered the costs of extending health care to tens of thousands of people without insurance. The House of Representatives chairman of the Appropriations Committee said that the vote fails to follow the will of the voters.
"The governor has been saying for months -- he's been hiding behind the legislature and saying that all he needs is the funding. And then he'd be happy to do it. Well, we put a bill on his desk and he's vetoed it. We have done everything possible to give the governor every penny he says needs," Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, said.
Medicaid expansion was approved by Maine voters last year and last month, a judge told the Department of Health and Human Services it was required to submit a plan for the Medicaid expansion to federal authorities. Now it is likely the funding issue may well end up in court, too.