Town Halls to Take Place in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla and Soldotna
Murkowski announced the Alaska town hall meetings while on the phone Thursday night with several thousand Alaskans who participated in her Teletownhall. Some 40,000 Alaskan phone numbers were dialed by an automated system, and she successfully connected with more than 8,000 residents throughout the course of the hour-long conversation. Sitting in her Washington, D.C., office, Murkowski talked about the various health care proposals under debate in Congress and took a number of questions from her constituents across the state.
“Last night, the phone lines were lit with Alaskans eager to ask questions and raise concerns about the health care debate going on in Washington,” Murkowski said. “As a member of the Senate Health Committee, I explained my vote against the Democrat bill that passed the committee earlier this month. There were many problems with that bill, but perhaps the biggest flaw is the staggering cost – over $1 trillion dollars and it still would leave as many as 34 million people without coverage. Besides cost, the bill would create a government-run public plan to compete with private insurers. To pay for the government program, the bill would cut Medicare payments and tax small businesses. We all want to reform health care, but we need time to discuss how we pay for a $1 trillion bill that still leaves too many without health care.