Captain Zero and Health Care: Alaska Embarrassed Again
Alaska is among the states with the highest rate of persons uninsured for health care:
For Alaska’s overall population, we have the 11th highest rate, tied with North Carolina. We’re not as bad a Texas, which is something WC supposes, but we’re still pretty bad.
Because there is no reason for it. Alaska has the wealth and the resources to provide health care for all who need it.
And now Captain Zero, our very own Governor Parnell, the failed co-plaintiff in the court challenge to the Affordable Care Act, is waffling over whether or not to implement the law. California can’t afford state parks; the Golden State has an excuse, at least, for it’s situation. Texas is governed by an idiot clown, Rick Perry, who utters inanities about freedom in rejecting the Affordable Care Act. And betrays a vast ignorance of both how the Constitution works and how the Affordable Care Act works.
But Alaska doesn’t have the excuse of near-insolvency or an idiot Governor. True, Captain Zero has a decidedly mixed record, but he’s not in the same plane of right-wing lunacy as Rick Perry.
And can everyone please remember that savings on Medicaid are a false savings. People still get sick and injured. The absence of health care makes treatment more expensive, not less. And we all pay when folks with no insurance coverage turn up at the emergency room. Seriously, this isn’t complicated. Alaska wins if it opts into the Affordable Care Act. Everything else is particularly stupid politics. Do the right thing, Governor.