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My Turn: Alaska needs Medicaid expansion

...catastrophic illness, but the overriding principle (as for the entire ACA) is prevention. The main cause of the rise of healthcare costs is the treatment of continual and long-term illness among the uninsured. When illnesses and diseases like cancer...
My Turn: Where will Alaska and the US be in 30 years?

...cohesion will become an albatross round its neck. The four chief challenges include: a) expensive and inefficient healthcare costs (the U.S. spends 17 percent of its GDP or 50 percent more per capita than that of the next highest OECD country...
My Turn: Pure politics in the Alaska retirement systems

...liability. They lost the money; they should replace it.They always try to pin the blame for the unfunded liability on healthcare costs, but it's the investment losses and low returns that are the main culprit - and they know it. Anyone who is in...
Letter: Affordable Care Act unfair to small businesses

...contribute to our communities. This tax was implemented at the beginning of the year, and the resulting rise in healthcare costs likely will force many small businesses to close their doors. Although this tax has been levied on health insurance...
Begich to Parnell: Accept Medicaid expansion

...Monday. Spokeswoman Heather Handyside said in an e-mail, "Alaskans who are eligible for subsidies to offset healthcare costs will receive those subsidies regardless of whether or not Medicaid expansion is enacted in Alaska." We've updated...
School District mulls union proposal

...less than before, Anderson said.It also includes a provision where teachers would share some of the increase in healthcare costs with the district, Anderson added."We've asked for an increase that will attempt to cover the cost-of-living...
Don Smith Editorial

...In some measure, everyone pays for the social costs of smoking, as manifested through higher insurance rates and healthcare costs, and through loss productivity. If the measure passes, the fairest and best use of the additional tobacco tax...
Outside editorial: Greek lessons

...Washington's short-term deficit problems stem mainly from the recession; the long-term ones are due primarily to rising healthcare costs that are making Medicare and Medicaid unsustainable.The way forward for the committee has been charted by a series...
Pro: Court rulings affirm mandated health insurance is constitutional

...preventive care is discouraged. Congress has ample evidence that insurance mandates are essential to controlling healthcare costs while assuring universal coverage. Universal coverage spreads the risks throughout the entire population. Since...
My Turn: The logical consequences of the retirement lawsuit

...years (just like 401k investors did). Those loses far in excess of the concocted damage theories that focused on healthcare costs. The Dept. of Revenue alone lost an amount in CBRF investments similar to the original supposed healthcare cost...


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