Ann E Dorney, Democrathttp://anndorney.comFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 111
I received my A.B. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and spent a semester in college at Barnard College in New York City. I received my M.D. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
I have been married for 29 years to David Axelman, also a physician, and have two grown sons, Benjamin and Eric.
Why are you running for office? I am just finishing my first term as a State Legislator. I have been a practicing family physician in Skowhegan for 32 years and have had patients tell me their problems for years. I think that I have a unique perspective on problems that my constituents are encountering as a result. I also ran my own practice for 29 years and the experience I got running my own business has been helpful.
The only political office I have is my current office as State Representative, District 86. I have been on the Board of the Skowhegan Teen Pregnancy Project and a member of the Somerset Country Task Force on Opiate Addiction
The federal health care law has offered to pay states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to low income Mainers. Do you support Medicaid (or MaineCare) expansion?Yes
When the Affordable Care Act was developed, it was designed to help most Americans get access to medical care. I have many patients who have struggled to get the medical care that they need and since January of this year, I have patients with diabetes, Crohn's disease and others who are having trouble getting the medications that they need since they have lost their MaineCare. I even have a Canadian medical license which I obtained several years ago when I had a patient with cancer who could not afford her medication in the U.S. and she had no insurance. No insurance model is perfect, but we need to expand Medicaid to help Mainers get the medical care that they need.
Reform of the state’s public assistance programs has been the focus of debates in the State House and on the campaign trail. Do you believe that the state’s welfare programs are too generous?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?There has been lot of hype about "welfare reform" in the last two years, and there is fraud in any system. We need to go after fraud, but many of these programs are needed to help families actually get out of poverty, and poverty is increasing in our State. Rather than cut programs and bash the poor, be sure that those who are getting help can get out of poverty so that they do not need these programs in the future.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The buying power for the poor and the middle class has gone down and many people are feeling pinched. It used to be that most people on minimum wage were young workers in first jobs, but most of the people in minimum wage jobs now are middle age and trying to support their families. This is not a living wage and that means that these people are more likely to need other programs like SNAP (food stamps) , Medicaid, and TANF.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I think that there will be unintended consequences if marijuana is legalized. I have worked with drug addicts in my office for the last 9 years who often have started using drugs with marijuana, and we have more patients smoking marijuana during pregnancy with new data suggesting problems with brain development in babies whose mothers use marijuana. I also think, however, that we have jailed too many people just for marijuana and this has also been a mistake