One among the crowd expressed how much this bill would dramatically impact her family who relies heavily on Medicaid for their medical expenses. Caroline Angel of Kenai: “All of the medications and exams and everything that goes on in my family is very expensive. That’s the main reason I am here, and I am so afraid I’m going to lose Medicaid if this law passes on.” A new report commissioned by the state health department suggests Alaska could be forced to cut its Medicaid program under a health care overhaul bill passed by the U.S. House. The report, prepared by the firm Manatt Health, cites as a reason proposed changes to Medicaid funding under the bill. Sen. Murkowski: “The congress of the United States, whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, in the House, or in the Senate shouldn’t we all be working together on the problems that are part in parcel of who we are as Americans. This is not for Republicans to fix or Democrats to fix, this is for us as Americans to fix. So, when did we get to the point where we said no we aren’t going to talk to Democrats about a fix, and we should be working with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle and in the other chamber.” The vote on the bill was recently delayed with Murkowski expressing how happy she is to be given more time to address Alaskan priorities in the healthcare bill. Saying that this is a good step, and that this is not for Republicans to fix or Democrats to fix. This is for us as Americans to fix…… While the Senate returns on Monday, a vote on the Senate health care bill is not expected to take place until the week of July 17. One-quarter of Alaska’s population currently is covered by Medicaid. Neither Sen. Lisa Murkowski nor Sen. Dan Sullivan, both Republicans, are prepared to say yes to the bill at this time. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Roughly 30 community members gathered in front of Arby’s , on July 6, in Kenai in the hopes of getting their message to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski regarding the current Better Care Reconciliation Act.