10 Feb WCME News February 10, 2016
In Augusta, a renewed debate about whether some doctors practice medicine defensively and about whether injured patients can successfully sue for damages. Republican state representative Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea is pushing a plan that she says could lower health care costs, improve outcomes and make sure that patients filing smaller malpractice claims have a better chance at compensation for their injuries. But groups representing doctors and trial lawyers don’t like all features of the plan.
Governor LePage is talking again about drug dealers and telling a Bangor radio station that he “had to go screaming at the top of his lungs about black dealers” to force the legislature to take the state’s drug crisis seriously. But that statement contradicts others form the governor that the media and his political opponents–not himself–brought race into the drug debate by misinterpreting his statement that out-of-state dealers often “impregnate young white girls” in Maine.
Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic presidential primary with 60 percent of the vote over Hillary Clinton. Among Republicans, Donald Trump is an easy winner with 34 percent of the vote, while Ohio governor John Kasich is second, and Ted Cruz third.