A recent study by Maine Center for Economic Policy on behalf of Maine AllCare (available at maineallcare.org) showed that a universal, publicly funded health care system covering every Maine resident could save Maine $1.5 billion in total health care spending. This report went to our Governor, legislators and the media and yet they are having the same old conversation about tweaking the existing insurance-based system. This does a disservice to the people of Maine who deserve better. Total healthcare spending with the current system was 25 percent of Maine’s economy in 2018, and is projected to be 27 percent in 2026. That’s $16,000 per person per year.