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STATEMENT: Sen. Gardner responds to news that Legislative Council will appeal Medicaid ruling by the court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2016

PRESS STATEMENT

Republican-led Legislative Council Still Has $180k to Spend on Frivolous Lawsuit

JUNEAU – Senate Democrats are disappointed by today’s news that the Republican-led Legislative Council is appealing their failed lawsuit against Governor Walker over Medicaid expansion. Two separate legal opinions have already affirmed the Governor’s right to enact this legislation. The court has now agreed with those opinions, and yet the lawsuit continues with the state paying the attorneys for both sides.

“It looks like someone thinks they’ve got money they haven’t spent yet,” said Senate Democratic Leader Berta Gardner.

Senator John Coghill (R-North Pole) has reported that $180,000 of the $450,000 previously approved by the Legislative Council to be spent on their side of the lawsuit will go toward the continued legal challenge.

“Alaskans have already been paying both sides of this frivolous lawsuit to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are in the middle of an economic crisis, when vulnerable low-income seniors are being asked to do without. Now the Republicans of the Legislative Council are asking them to continue to foot the bill for the legal fight designed to take away their own healthcare? It’s ludicrous,” said Sen. Gardner. “I’m hoping someone will call the ‘House Majority Idea Line’ and point out an obvious way to save some money. The number is 844-414-5949.”

For more information, contact Jeanne Devon, Press Secretary of the Alaska Senate Democrats at 907-465-5319.

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