Bill Walker on Health Care
Bipartisan compromise on healthcare
Walker announced his support for the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health care agreement. "Alaskans pay more for health care than most Americans do," Walker said. "Right now, more than 36,000 Alaskans have access to affordable health care
thanks to Medicaid expansion, and some health insurance premiums have dropped more than 20 percent due to the innovation waiver granted by the Trump administration under the existing health care law. That coverage must be protected."
Source: Daily News-Miner on 2018 Alaska Governor race
, Oct 20, 2017
Expand Medicaid as long as federal funds continue
Proper health care solutions will recognize the challenges that small businesses face with availability and affordability of coverage and the opportunities for individuals who, because of their occupations (e.g. commercial fishermen), pre-existing
conditions, or exhaustion of lifetime limits, are without coverage.
I support the Medicaid expansion with the caveat of continued Federal funding. This is due to the sheer economics of Alaskans paying for the expansion in Federal taxes and increased
premiums now that we have rejected the expansion. Moreover, 4,000 new Alaska jobs would be created and lower-cost coverage for 40,000-plus Alaskans would be provided and Alaskans have already paid for this coverage.
By rejecting the expansion, Gov. Parnell supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by forcing uninsured Alaskans into ACA exchanges. As governor, I would reverse this and accept the Medicaid expansion.
Source: 2014 Governor campaign website, WalkerMallottForAlaska.com
, Nov 4, 2014
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