James Myall is a policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP). His work focuses on education, health care, and labor policies within Maine. James is also a historian and author of the book The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn. James and I spoke about education policies in Maine, the advantages of state sponsored health care programs over the private insurance system, the benefits of increased minimum wage, and workplace automation.
Oren Gersten M.D. is a primary care physician and owner of Portland Direct Primary Care. Instead of working with insurance companies, Portland Direct Primary Care offers primary care services covered by a low monthly fee. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report, Oren talks about the advantages of receiving care from Portland Direct Primary Care, ways in which the current health care system puts profit over people, and integrative medicine, a holistic approach to health care that considers nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress and other factors sometimes ignored by Western medicine that contribute to overall health.