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Gubernatorial Forum Focuses on Senior Healthcare 

(AP) – Candidates for Maine governor expressed contrasting views on national health care reforms and the role of government as all five addressed senior citizens at a forum. About 150 people attended. The Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging sponsored Tuesday’s event in Waterville. When asked about the impact of national health care reforms on seniors, Republican Paul LePage said they would have no impact and would drain money from Medicare and Medicaid. Democrat Libby Mitchell said the full benefits of the reforms are not yet known but they are “a huge step forward.” Independent Eliot Cutler said the reforms are likely to remain law and there’s a need to see how they can be applied to Maine. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)