Democrats just don't get involved in "playing politics like he does," explained Democratic House assistant majority leader Jeff McCabe, speaking of the governor and of Democratic strategy — or the lack of it.

"I don't think the outcome would have been any different" if the Democrats had held onto the hospital-payment bill until the end, said Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves.

Democratic politicians also tend to want to be on the good side of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the community. All through the session, they had made clear their intention to pay the hospitals.

So Eves is almost certainly right: If Democrats had held onto the hospital-payment bill, it wouldn't have made any difference. By making their intention clear, they had eliminated the value of the payments as a bargaining chip. Indeed, Democrats don't play politics like the Republicans.

So what does the future hold? The electoral-campaign knives are being sharpened.

"Every representative will have to answer for their vote," said Ryan Tipping-Spitz, a Democratic House member from Orono. "We have exactly 501 days until the next election," noted the Maine People's Alliance statement.

Unfortunately — doing the math — before Election Day 2014, if the Harvard study is correct, another 86 Maine human beings will die because they were denied the opportunity to have health insurance.

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