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Parnell puts Alaskans health at risk

Posted: October 30, 2013 - 2:04pm

  The health of 40,000 Alaskans is on the line so that Gov. Sean Parnell can assure the Tea Party that nobody hates President Obama as much as he does. Because of Parnell’s refusal to expand Medicaid, thousands of poor 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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kearbear 10/31/13 - 07:51 am
Alaska is unique in many

Just like the lie of "If you like your health care plan, You can keep your healthcare plan" A blatant and abusive lie. Now we learn President Obama knew he was lying but he would cross that bridge when he got to it. In other words, he knew millions of Americans would be penalized by Obamacare and that 100% of Americans were going to be uprooted and thrown into chaos by "transition". Doctors hate Obamacare. Hospitals are going broke by Obamacare through the cuts in reimbursements to Medicare providers. The middle class is being pillaged by Obamacare.

President Obama and his fellow Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act put all Alaskans healthcare at risk. We all have been marched into "transition". President Obama keeps lying to all Americans. He told us "Don't worry, most Americans aren't going to feel a thing." The Affordable Care Act . The Act that keeps on hurting.

Alaska is unique in many ways. Including the fact that the number of uninsured also includes Alaska Natives, who don't enroll in medicaid. They receive medical care through Native Health Agencies. With Obamacare, Alaska Natives can enroll in medicaid and there is a big outreach to convince individuals to enroll so they can bill medicaid for portions of care the Native Care doesn't offer. It's all about transfer of wealth. There's no doubt that it is a huge block of money. It is true that the money is coming from the cost savings from Medicare that cut reimbursements to Doctors who provide care to Medicare patients. It's all about transfer of wealth and government trickery.

kearbear 10/31/13 - 10:02 am
Obamacare is the ultimate

Obamacare is the ultimate "cost shifting" ever inflicted on America. There is nothing "Free Market" about Obamacare. This law will result in the bankrupting of the American middle class and will result in more people dropping entirely out of the healthcare insurance market then will agree to participate.

The medicaid rolls will expand to explosive numbers. The Middle class will either be pushed out on the tightrope of no insurance or will go bankrupt trying to pay premiums and deductibles that are wildly beyond their ability to pay. The Middle class will put off seeing a Doctor until they are severely sick or injured since they cannot afford to pay the deductibles of up to $12,000 a family.

Obamacare is the redistribution of funds to the ultimate goal of expanding medicaid at the expense of the middle class. It is quite a magic trick disguised as government helping while creating another crisis.

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