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Letters: Refusal to expand Medicaid hurts vulnerable Alaskans

Posted: October 27, 2013 - 1:14pm  |  Updated: October 27, 2013 - 8:30pm

The health of forty thousand Alaskans is on the line so that Governor Parnell can assure the Tea Party than nobody hates our President as much as he does. Because of Parnell’s refusal to expand Medicaid, thousands of vulnerable Alaskans and their children will fall through a hole in the Affordable Care Act.

Even the conservative Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has come out in favor of Medicaid expansion but apparently our governor feels compelled to demonstrate that he’s the most conservative — and heartless and immature and self-interested — politician in the land. He’s even refused to publicize the results of a study he commissioned to explore the ramifications of Medicaid expansion. Why?

With the federal government committing to pay for nearly all the costs of Medicaid expansion, clearly Parnell’s stance is driven by blind ideology and political ambition. This simply proves that he is no longer worthy of our trust and why we should elect a new governor who cares more about people than power.

Eric Treider




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bjalan 10/28/13 - 09:43 am
Medicaid and how it is not funded by Alaskans

So are you saying because it is Federally funded we Alaskans will not bear the burden of paying for this fiasco? Who do you think this "Federal Government" is and who is foothing their bill?

RaySouthwell 10/28/13 - 11:45 am

We have had this discussion on Facebook. You keep falling into the trap of divisiveness. I am no supporter of Parnell and support national healthcare. But I must ask the same question bjalan asks. "who is footing the bill." Not who you hope is footing the bill but who is. I understand it has cost $400 million to set up the program. Perhaps just more debt.

jford 10/07/14 - 09:57 pm
Parnell's appointed lackey obfuscates another Alaska scandal.

She also did not mention Parnell’s refusal to expand Medicaid coverage or take other steps to implement the law would have eliminated this self generated 'dilemma'.


If Parnell had set up exchanges, we would see more competition and lower premiums just like all the states who did set up their own exchanges, their citizens are reaping the rewards of competition. Here? We pay more because Parnell teahadist.

Parnell, by his ideological obstructionism, has hurt thousands of Alaskans.

If Parnell had expanded Medicaid, he'd have saved Alaska hospitals huge sums of money and he would have provided health care to thousands who aren't currently being adequately or fairly served.

And the state would have saved millions.

The 'dilemma' in question is all the result of Parnell's pig-headed ideologically spawned stupidity.

The only actual 'dilemma' is why is Parnell even in the governor's office in the first place?

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