Maine Voters Support Medicaid Expansion        

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Nov. 8, 2017 -- Maine residents rebuked their governor and President Donald Trump by voting Tuesday to expand Medicaid in their state.

Maine now joins 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law, the Associated Press reported.

This was the first time since the Affordable Care Act took effect that voters anywhere in the country had a chance to decide on expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for low income people.

 Nationwide, expansion of Medicaid has provided coverage for about 11 million people, the AP reported.

In Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, a Trump ally, vetoed five different attempts by the state legislature to expand Medicaid.

"This is an exciting night in Maine, but also an exciting night for the country," said David Farmer, spokesman for pro-expansion Mainers For Health Care, the AP reported. "Voters have made it clear they want more health care, not less."

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