Ideas in Action: Maine Senator Rod Whittemore

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As a small business owner, Maine Senator Rod Whittemore witnessed firsthand what rising health care costs were doing to families across the state. The unsustainable costs of insurance and services were driving employers to choose between giving employees a raise—or providing them with health coverage. He knew there had to be another way, and in 2017, Senator Whittemore introduced Right to Shop legislation to the state. The reform would reduce the cost of health care across the state and provide consumers with more choices—and despite hurdles from special interest groups, the bill passed with bipartisan support.

Senator Whittemore’s persistence and commitment to making life better for Mainers has led to more consumer transparency and has eased the burden on consumers and employers across the state. Watch Maine Senator Rod Whittemore’s story to hear about his unrelenting efforts and how Maine has now become a model for national health care reforms.