Maine’s health care program, “Dirigo” (I lead) is a failure, according to today’s NY Times.
This is not what the supporters expected. Dirigo, with all the features Cos Cob’s Jimbo Himes and his ilk whooped through the House last week, was supposed to solve the problems of uninsured patients and soaring health care costs and its adoption was cheered:
“America’s Agenda”, 2005: “Way to go, Dirigo! Big Win in Maine!”
Progressive States Network was sure the state had only to resist “Big Business” and it would continue its achievements.
Etc. etc. Google “Dirigo success” and see all the same arguments and predictions we’re been hearing nationally for the past few years. It would be discouraging if it weren’t for the eternal optimism of socialized medicine’s profound belief in the ultimate power of the government to fix anything.