UPDATE: A bit of quick background on this post. While Mainers knew that Tea Party Maine Governor Paul LePage, who won election in 2010 with 38% of the vote, was virulently anti-ACA and fought hard against multiple attempts to expand Medicaid in our state (to date, five bills have been vetoed and then sustained by the GOP in the Legislature), many did not know to what extent the LePage Administration worked or what steps lead to where we found ourselves last week as news of the #LePlagiarism scandal first broke. Thus it became necessary to piece together all of the various known elements and create this timeline, illustrating who Gary Alexander is and how he became known to the administration (LePage in 2011 first offered him the DHHS position that eventually went to Mary Mayhew), as well as the various actions taken by the Governor and his staff.
A year ago, most in Maine had no idea never heard of Gary Alexander. That is no longer the case, as now federal authorities are now looking into the matter.
(Cross posted at Maine Progressives Warehouse, Dirigo Blue and The New Maine Times. The Maine Progressives site has many original videos of press conferences and testimony by Gary Alexander presented to Maine's HHS Committee, photos of same and numerous Scribd documents, including both the Arkansas and Maine Alexander Group Reports, emails between LePage administration officials, letters, Maine government documents and more.)
It is later (2012) used as a cited source in Pacific Research Institute president and CEO's Sally Pipes' e-book, "The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle Obamacare". Pipes, a well known critic of the Affordable Care Act, goes before Congress' House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to denounce ACA and is found by Mother Jones investigative reporting to have much of her and PRI's supposed works to be that of ghost writers:
If Pipes seems supernaturally prolific, there's a good reason. To assist with her written output, PRI employs a DC-based ghostwriting and PR firm with drug and health care industry clients. That firm, Keybridge Communications, researches, drafts, and edits much of Pipes' published work in an arrangement that's unusual for someone at a supposedly independent think tank.
Several former PRI staffers tell Mother Jones it was well known within the organization that Pipes relied heavily on Keybridge, particularly for her books, and did far from all of her own writing.
- 1/5/11- Paul R. LePage, Sr. is sworn in as the 74th Governor of Maine.
- 1/12/11- Alexanderis namedas Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's pick as that state's Public Welfare Secretary.
Elena Nicolella- the director of RIâs Medicaid program- says thereâs very little in Alexanderâs report thatâs accurate. In fact, it was published without the permission of the Department of Human Services, even though the state seal appears on every page of the report. Nicolella says RI asked The Galen Institute to take that seal off, but it hasnât and sheâs considering a call to the stateâs attorneys.
... a spokesman in Chafee's Health and Human Services Office said officials there do not know how Alexander came up with that number, and could not give their own.
"The secretary of Health and Human Services is currently reviewing the assumptions, accomplishments and savings projections associated with the global waiver," spokesman David Burnett said in a statement last week. "Without a detailed understanding of the author's assumptions, it is difficult to offer a comment on the veracity of the statements contained in the Galen Institute article."