FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2015
Medicaid Expansion: It Didn’t Have to be This Difficult
Statement from Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage)
ANCHORAGE – Today, Governor Bill Walker announced that he will expand Medicaid in Alaska without the support of the House and Senate Republican majorities. In November, Alaskans went to the polls and elected an independent candidate to become our governor – a candidate who promised he would make Medicaid expansion his first priority. Today, the governor kept that promise to Alaskans, and we support and thank him for the courage and resolve to resist partisan politics to do the right thing for Alaska.
Senate and House Democrats have strongly supported expanding this critical program because it will bring hundreds of millions of federal dollars to the state; it will create thousands of good jobs for Alaskans and, most importantly, it will provide thousands of Alaskans with access to quality health care. A healthy populace builds a thriving economy and provides large and small business owners with a reliable and productive work force.
This decision by Governor Walker is the right economic decision. It is the right decision for the business community, and it is the right moral decision. We stand in unity with and support of Governor Walker on this important decision.