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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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-06-09/my-turn
Opinion
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...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-03-28/letter-affordable-care-act-unfair-sma
Letters
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...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-01-15/school-district-mulls-union-proposal
Local
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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-12/begich-parnell-accept-medicaid-expansio
State
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100603/opi_editorial.shtml
Opinion
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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-11-06/outside-editorial-greek-lessons
Opinion
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/021910/opi_565024918.shtml
Opinion
My Turn: The logical consequences of the retirement lawsuit

...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 damages at issue. Their bad. However, in the "real...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-05-11/my-turn-logical-consequences-retireme
Opinion
Outside editorial: Puerto Rico's political limbo

...less than a full share. Medicare recipients get only 70 percent of standard benefits on the (bogus) theory that healthcare costs less in Puerto Rico.In March, a presidential task force recommended that "all relevant parties - the President...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-06-19/puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-political-limbo
Opinion
Breathing the filth: Hydrocarbons in the air are more toxic than oil in the gulf

...Program. The economic losses resulting from air pollution, measured in missed days of school, lost workdays or healthcare costs, number in the billions of dollars. Yet, unlike the $20 billion restitution fund for victims of the Gulf of Mexico...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071210/opi_675033514.shtml
Opinion

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