The Senate’s health care bill continues to put Alaska’s Senior Senator, Lisa Murkowski, in the national spotlight as one the bill’s must-have votes. Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the politics of the situation and then we invite in Becky Hultberg from the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association to tell us how the policies in the bill will affect Alaskans. We also delve into the state legislature’s remaining work to be done on oil and gas tax credits and recent polling being done in Anchorage that may illuminate April’s mayoral election.
Alaska’s perilous finances could make Medicaid expansion unaffordable when the feds cut funding in 2021, but a policy change could spell doom in 2020.
With the Senate’s new health care bill and the Legislature’s budget deal dominating Alaskan politics, that is right where Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dive in. First, we talk with Rep. Ivy Spohnholz about how the state operating budget deal came together and what made it in. Then Disability Law Center of Alaska Legal Director Mark Regan joins us for a detailed discussion what the new health care bill looks like and whether Alaska’s Senior Senator Lisa Murkowski will be able to find enough to like for it to get her vote.
Murkowski was seated right next to the commander in chief, but her body language suggests she would rather be anywhere else.
The folks that think the Republican Affordable Care Act repeal effort in the House of Representatives was a bad idea aren’t ready to move on to the US Senate quite yet. They have bought 1000 points of broadcast TV reminding Alaskans that Don Young voted the wrong way. A thousand points of TV means the targetted demo graphic will see this ad 10 times this week. In politics–that’s a lot.
The U.S. House of Representatives looks likely to hold another vote tomorrow to repeal Obamacare, and the margins for a successful repeal appear to be…
This morning, just hours before Republican congressional leaders are promising to hold a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Gov. Bill Walker released a statement outlining multiple reasons why he believes the bill is bad for Alaskans.
The Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy priorities today released an updated analysis of revisions made to the Republican House bill to repeal…
This afternoon, Rep. Don Young released a statement with his thoughts on the Obamacare repeal and replacement bill known as the American Health Care Act (ACHA). Republican leaders have said the bill will be voted on in the House on Thursday.