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Alaskans ask Murkowski to save Affordable Care Act

By Lauren Maxwell 6:51 PM March 16, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

A group of a dozen Alaskans held signs and chanted in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday. They braved the cold in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s downtown Anchorage office.

Jodi Bruner said they were looking to send a message to the public, and also to the senator.

“’Take care of the people here and stop voting the party line,’” Bruner said, acting as a spokesman for the group. “She needs to speak up for herself and for us and not for Trump.”

But Murkowski says she is listening closely to Alaskans’ concerns. In a telephone interview from Washington D.C., Murkowski said she believes the current plan, introduced by House Republicans, would not be good for the state.

“It is, in my view, as bad a one-size-fits-all solution as the ACA was,” Murkowski said. “And when you suggest that a tax credit of $2,000 for somebody in this younger-age bracket, that that money is the same and goes as far in Alaska as it does in New Jersey, you just aren’t talking reality.”

Murkowski said there is a lot in the House plan that she doesn’t like but believes changes may be coming to the bill as early as next week.

She added that lawmakers can also make changes to the House bill once it gets to the Senate, and that several senators are working on health care bills of their own.

To keep Alaskans informed of the continuing debate over health care reform, Murkowski will hold a briefing on Thursday, March 23. The Facebook live event will begin at 12:30 p.m. Alaska time. The senator said she will also take questions and hear concerns.

KTVA 11’s Lauren Maxwell can be reached via email or on Twitter.

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