State senator praises health care law

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

JUNEAU — State Sen. Hollis French is denouncing Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to challenge the federal health care overhaul.

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, French, a Democrat, said provisions of the law, such as a regulation prohibiting insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, have allowed many Alaskans access to health care.

French also said as many as 800 Alaska small businesses may purchase health care using tax credits offered by the act.

Parnell has called on the federal government to halt certain provisions of the law after a federal judge in Florida struck it down as unconstitutional.

Alaska joined 25 other states in suing over the law, objecting particularly to a provision requiring citizens to buy health insurance or face penalties.

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