Monday, 22 March 2010

Sarah Palin lies about her record on health care in Alaska; newspaper catchers her at it

#Palin lies about her record on health care in #Alaska
in FoxNews broadcast, Alaska Dispatch catches her #journalism


It's one thing when Palin talks about energy policy and about standing up
to Alaska's good ol' boy network and the oil companies. There's some truth
to those things. In fact, although she tends to be blurry with facts,
there is usually some germ of truth behind her obfuscations.

But there is absolutely no truth in what she said about "we" (and by that
I can assume she's talking about what she did when she was the governor)
taking steps "to incentivize more health care providers to come here to
supply more health care."

In fact, according to the American Medical Association, Alaska was one of
five states where, between 1998 and 2007, an increase in population did
not lead to a proportional increase in the number of doctors. Since, the
number of doctors in Alaska has declined.

Alaska, which has one of the least restrictive insurance markets, is
dominated by two insurance companies that control over 96 percent of the
market. Premera Blue Cross insures about 60 percent of the market, while
Aetna insures more than 30 percent. And what they offer is some of the
most expensive coverage in the U.S.

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