Health care reform would benefit Alaskans

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010

Like many Alaskans, I have a pre-existing condition, for which I am discriminated against already by my insurance company. If Gov. Parnell succeeds in devoting State money to an anti-Health Care reform law lawsuit, here's just some of what Alaska would lose:

1. Tax credits to 10,118 Alaska small businesses to make coverage more affordable;

2. Access to coverage for 120,000 uninsured Alaskans;

3. The ability for 76,354 young adults in Alaska stay on their parents health insurance until age 26; and

4. 183,000 children with pre-existing conditions could once again face discrimination from insurance companies.

Gov. Parnell has recently done an honorable TV campaign against Domestic Violence, urging Alaskans to treat each other with "Respect." He must do the same for Alaskans who are being disrespected through discrimination from their health insurance companies.

Julia Gray


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