Sen. Murkowski will talk health in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS — Sen. Lisa Murkowski is planning three town hall-style
meetings in Alaska this month to discuss health care issues, starting
with an Aug. 13 discussion in Fairbanks.
Murkowski held a “teletownhall” on Thursday, connecting with 8,000
Alaskans who were dialed by an automated system, said spokesman Michael
Brumas. The hour-long discussion was dominated by health-care issues.
Brumas said the theme has been so consistent that Murkowski wants
to host the town-hall meetings to discuss the issue exclusively.
“When she’s been home the last few weeks, everyone wants to talk to her about health care,” he said.
A member of the Senate Health Committee, Murkowski voted against
the Democrats’ health care reform bill that passed the committee in
July. In a press release, she criticized the bill for its $1 trillion
price tag and leaving too many citizens without coverage. Leaders in
the Senate Finance Committee have been negotiating a pared-down version
of that bill.
Brumas said Murkowski will support a good bill, but said more bipartisan work needs to be done to craft acceptable legislation.
“She would like to see something pass,” Brumas said. “She thinks health care reform needs to be done.”
Brumas said the town-hall meetings are designed to collect
constituents’ health care experiences and discuss how they’d like to
see the system reformed.
The specific location of the Fairbanks meeting hasn’t been
finalized, Brumas said. Murkowski also will host meetings in Anchorage
(Aug. 20), Wasilla (Aug. 28) and Soldotna (Aug. 29).
Additional information about the meetings will be available at murkowski.senate.gov under the “upcoming events” tab.
Originally published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on August 03, 2009