(Notice that phrase “in part” in Ishkanian’s and Miller’s second sentence? Here are some of those “in part” things not mentioned in this essay: The legislation would replace the SOP — which insurance companies pay — with a 1.8 percent surcharge on all hospital bills — which are paid by patients. In addition, the measure would provide tax dollars to cover some costs associated with insurance company customers who make lots of expensive claims. And it would lift several state regulations that prevent the insurance industry from making higher profits. If the state raises the tax on smoke, this op-ed is going to owe a fortune.)
“Trooper Leonard stopped Diane Messer, 54, on Route 3 in Montville for operating a vehicle without a hood. Messer was arrested on outstanding warrants and taken to the Waldo County Jail where she was also charged with operating after suspension and failing to obtain a license within 30 days of residency.”
_MaineCoastNow.com, State Police blotter, March 4, 2008.
(Diane Messer of Liberty is a Democratic candidate for state Senate District 23. In a phone conversation, she blamed her license-suspension problem on “a clerical error” and her lack of a hood on a mechanical failure earlier in the day. According to Dan Dunkle, editor of the Republican Journal in Belfast, there’s nothing in Messer’s campaign profile indicating she’s opposed to hoods.)
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