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Maine’s Ken Fredette: My ‘Man’s Brain’ Doesn’t Like Medicaid Expansion

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Maine’s Ken Fredette: My ‘Man’s Brain’ Doesn’t Like Medicaid Expansion




Maine’s House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) has come up with probably the most novel excuse ever for refusing federal funding for Medicaid expansion in his state. Fredette explained on the House floor that his “man’s brain” can’t support the life-saving gift — which would expand MaineCare to cover 70,000 low-income residents —  from the federal government because, well, Men Are From Mars, Democrats Are From Venus:

As I listen to the debate today and earlier debate on this bill, I can’t help but think of a title of a book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. And it’s a book about the fact that men sort of think one way in their own brain, in their own world. And women think another way in their own brain and in their own world. And it really talks about the way that men and women can do a better job at communicating. Because if you listen to the debate today, in my mind — a man’s mind — I hear two fundamental issues. From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about: free. ‘This is free, we need to take it, and it’s free. And we need to do it now.’ And that’s the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain, being a man’s brain, sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it’s not — if it’s free, is it really free? Because I say, in my brain, there’s a cost to this.

Maine People’s Alliance Health Care Organizer Jennie Pirkl took exception to this ridiculous characterization, saying that “this isn’t about women and men; it’s about life and death. Fredette would probably say that I only think this way because of my ‘woman’s brain,’ but I find it incredibly distasteful for him to use offensive, gender-based stereotypes to advance his anti-health care agenda.”

What’s more, Pirkl points out, “he’s lying about the bill. Even the conservative Heritage Foundation admits that accepting federal health care funding will save the state $690 million over the next decade while providing health care coverage for 70,000 more Maine people.”

Luckily, Fredette’s manly-man gibberish didn’t hold much sway with the Democratic-led House, which passed the expansion with a 97-51 bipartisan show of support, though it limits the state’s participation after three years and raises co-pays.

However, since passage fell just short of a two-thirds vote, the measure may still be vetoed by Republican governor Paul LePage, who opposes expansion and has already rejected a version of the bill once before.

Watch Fredette cement his place in the Crazy Hall of Fame below, courtesy of Maine People’s Alliance:


  1. charleo1 June 13, 2013

    So, what have we learned about the various people who are members of the
    GOP, when it comes to healthcare? We have learned some members have had
    healthcare insurance coverage all of their lives. And, wonder what all the hoopla
    is all about. They’ve known poor people can’t afford the kind of insurance they’ve
    always had. But then, poor people can’t afford the kind of house they live in. Or,
    the kind of car they drive. And, they’ve never really had a problem with that. The
    State, or somebody, picks up the tab. It’s free, so they really can’t complain. Now,
    they want them to have a regular doctor, and annual check ups? Sounds like the
    Democrats are using my money to buy the poor vote! Bunch of Socialists! Why
    don’t they go join their hero, Hugo, down in Venezuela? He’s dead? Like I said.

    1. Dominick Vila June 14, 2013

      We also learned that they prefer Reagan’s ER socialist freebies over a program that will require them to pay insurance premiums, like most of us do. The party of personal irresponsibility continues to march full speed ahead towards oblivion.

      1. Allan Richardson June 14, 2013

        Reagan was only giving in to the bleeding heart liberals. REAL men would have said, no money, lifesaving, just die on the street outside the hospital, right? Real RELIGIOUS men, that is, not like that Samaritan heathen.

        1. Dominick Vila June 14, 2013

          Sort of like President Obama giving in to conservatives on the Patriot Act?
          Are you talking about the heathens that one of our religious leaders believed they deserved the ravages of a major hurricane? Or are you talking about the guy who believe half of the population of the USA are a bunch of bums on the take?

          1. Allan Richardson June 14, 2013

            Actually, I was talking about the heathen Samaritan whom Jesus used as the hero of his parable. We have turned the phrase “Good Samaritan” into a cliche, so we forget the history involved. The Samaritans were half-breeds of the few members of the lost ten tribes who stayed behind when Assyria conquered the Northern Kingdom, and the gentiles that Assyria brought in. They later caused Ezra and Nehemiah some problems rebuilding the Temple, and they were therefore condemned by Jews in the time of Jesus, both for being genetic half-breeds and for being religious half-breeds who didn’t teach the proper (to the Jews) way of worshiping God. The “bad guys” in the parable were the religious leaders. So metaphorically yes, the religious leaders that condemn others as heathens but have no sense of mercy or compassion; they seem to be reading from the Book of MAMMON.

          2. Dominick Vila June 14, 2013

            I apologize. I misunderstood your comment.

      2. charleo1 June 14, 2013

        That’s it! It makes a person wonder, if they are listening to
        themselves. You have the personal responsibility, Romney
        was alluding to, in his eye opening dissertation about what’s
        wrong with the bottom half of the Country. You have your
        market based solution, that’s always so important for the
        Conservatives. If I’m guessing, I would say the reason the
        GOP doesn’t support their own proposal for fixing healthcare.
        Is ObamaCare doesn’t leave the public in enough of a
        prostrate, and pleading position to the insurance cartel, as
        big oil has managed to arrange. So they feel mistreated
        over the whole deal.

  2. OBforObama June 13, 2013

    Clearly this Republican’s characterization is unfair to men and brains.

  3. Allan Richardson June 14, 2013

    It wasn’t a woman who said “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” and “If someone smites you on the left cheek, turn to him the other also,” and “love your enemies” and “When I was hungry, you gave me food…”

    Or was it a woman? Nah, all Jewish men wore beards then, and besides, the Roman soldiers doing the scourging and crucifying would have detected a Yentl under that robe. Or maybe He had a “woman’s brain?”

  4. stcroixcarp June 14, 2013

    I wish Wisconsin could borrow the Maine legislature. It was a bad week for us.

  5. werftgh June 14, 2013

    dumb dumb dumb….repubs failing everywhere

  6. Ford Truck June 15, 2013

    Using the book “Men are from Mars Women are from Venus” Ken Fredette claims to be from Mars, as though Martians would be smarter than Venusians. In truth, Fredette is from somewhere else in space. Maybe UrANUS, because that is certainly where his head is!


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