Sturgeon’s attorney joins campaign against GOP health care bill

The Anchorage lawyer who argued for an Alaska moose hunter’s right to use a hovercraft has added his voice to the health care fight.

Matt Findley appeared in a video by Protect Our Care Alaska over the weekend explaining why the Affordable Care Act was important to him. Findley successfully represented John Sturgeon in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last year, a case that’s been cast as one of the most critical for Alaska in recent history.

“He’s like the Alaskan version of Gideon v. Wainwright,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan of Sturgeon to the Washington Post, referring to the case that established the accused’s right to legal representation. “He is going to vindicate the rights of all Alaskans.”

Both U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Sullivan personally attended the Supreme Court oral arguments. Murkowski even skipped out on an opportunity to grill former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch over Obama’s gun control measures to attend the event.

“It deserves all Alaskans stopping and listening and paying attention; so the opportunity to be before the court today was pretty cool,” she told KTVA at the time. “This was a case of historic proportion and I wanted to make sure that I was there.”

Neither senator has publicly taken a stand on the Senate version of the repeal of Obamacare, though they have voiced concerns and praised a delay on the vote.

Matt Findley – Protect Our Care AK from Clay Butcher on Vimeo.

Findley said in the video that Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, needs its fixes, but that it was a vast improvement over the status quo, especially for his son. Findley’s son requires medication that costs about $1,800 a day.

“Another significant issue for our community has always been preexisting conditions and lifetime caps. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, many in our community could not get insurance because of the preexisting condition bar and many constantly were going through the lifetime cap,” he said. “My son went through our law firm’s insurance lifetime cap in less than two years in 2007.”

Findley also highlighted the importance of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid in expanding coverage to more Alaskans.

“For our community the Affordable Care Act was a significant step forward,” he said. “It wasn’t perfect and there certainly is more room for improvement. Our concern here is this legislation has the chance of going backwards.”

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1 Comment on "Sturgeon’s attorney joins campaign against GOP health care bill"

  1. I always thought of myself as a capitalist……liked the social safety nets of Northern Europe, but also liked the financial opportunity of the United States. Unfortunately, our healthcare system is now out of control. Actually, no, we have a great healthcare system, it’s the “payment system” that is completely screwed up. 0bama worked with the Republicans and came up with a solution that still had a lot of bugs, but preserved the for profit health insurance industry. Not perfect, but better than the out-of-control price increases, lifetime caps, and pre-existing condition ban. I wasn’t thrilled, but it was better. Now, the Republicans have showed their true colors, and are going to send us right back where we were. The only problem is, a lot of people who suffered and/or died in the past, got kind of used to getting healthcare and living.

    So Republicans, you’ve finally done it. Watching you shut out the minority party (because you can?) and bulldoze that awful House Bill thru (which Don Young voted for!) and now what’s going on in the Senate, has shown the Democrats that yes, once they get into power again, they can do the same. And so Lisa and Dan, the Republican/Trump antics will ultimately give us Single Payer. And I am totally on board with that.

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