State should expand health coverage, not restrict it

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2007

Contrary to the Bible quoting letters to the editor, the advisory vote on April 3 is not about whether voters approve of gays and lesbians and their same-sex relationships or not.

The vote is basically an opinion poll, a poll with a price tag of 1.2 million dollars. Evidently some legislators want to know if the voters recommend that we amend the Alaska Constitution to exclude same-sex partners from getting health insurance coverage.

This advisory measure requires a resounding no vote. As a state we need to broaden the reach of health insurance coverage, not restrict it. There is no defensible reason for taking coverage away from those who have recently won it. The legislature needs to find ways to provide health insurance or health care for every man, woman and child in our state regardless of who their parents are or the nature of their intimate relationships.

The State Supreme Court soundly ruled that giving employee’s same-sex partners health insurance is a matter of equal protection, of equal pay for equal work. Let’s leave it at that and not allow the intolerant fringe of the Christian faith to use this ballot measure as a referendum to condemn gay people.

Please go to the polls and join me in voting no.

Carol Anderson

Juneau



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