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RE: Health Care Reform Leaving Alaska Care Far From Affordable

By Joe Ashcraft


July 08, 2015
Wednesday PM

With regard to the senator's letter about Obamacare increasing costs to Alaskans, the cost of the insurance is only part of the issue; there are thousands of Alaskans and millions of Americans not covered at all, who put off health care, injury reduction, and don't have checkups because her party has people who on the state level have blocked the Medicaid expansion. Yet Senator Murkowski and her family, and all her employees have a cadillac plan funded by the taxpayer. BIA, VA, Military, all government officials, public school teachers, and indeed corporate types whose cadillac plans are funded by consumers all have good, free to them, health care paid for by taxes and purchases of such individuals and businesses as mine with under 50 employees -people who all have to pay for their own as well as paying the taxes for the others; that is if they can afford to then pay for their own.

There is no reason that the people who have the free health care paid for by the rest of us should lobby and write letters about how expensive ours is while blocking the single payer option where we'd ALL pay something and ALL have coverage - except that they need to keep their constituencies in a continually fog of suspicion, fear, envy, in order to keep their seats in Congress - and their cadillac plans.

A consistent talking points of the GOP mouthpieces is that insurance reform to allow sales over state lines. If the Alaska pool were included in the California pool, the few individual accounts that had huge expense in 2014 would cause very little increase in premiums in that much larger pool. Come on, Lisa, head the drive to disband the state regulations - get that federal regulatory body set up; cut out a bunch of middle men.

Joe Ashcraft
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received July 06, 2015 - Published July 08, 2015

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