Analysis of Health Care Legislation
January 04, 2010
"Forcing citizens to purchase health insurance is not only bad policy, it may raise serious legal and constitutional issues," Governor Parnell said. "I am also concerned over the federal government's imposition of long-term and inequitable Medicaid burdens on the states and the ambiguous treatment of the state's health insurance plan for employees under federal legislation."
The State of Alaska has joined a growing number of states in expressing concern about legal and constitutional issues with the Senate bill, which is still under consideration in Congress. The House and Senate will try to resolve the differences between their respective bills when Congress returns in January.
Governor Parnell previously
expressed concerns that the pending legislation will increase
costs for Alaska's seniors, families, small businesses and physicians'
practices, and place significant pressure on the state's general
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