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Pipeline royalties should go to insurance

Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Alaska gas pipeline project royalties should be used to grant state medical insurance for those who do not qualify for Medicaid or do not have any insurance at all. If we put this plan to work, we would be the only state to have this benefit. It could be called the Gas Pipeline Medical Insurance. We, as Alaskans, already have an Alaska Permanent Fund that is generating a lot of profits for the benefit of all residents. So, why not fund the royalties of the Alaska gas pipeline to help everyone - even the middle class or people that work two jobs without medical insurance?

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By the way, for the poor who have Medicaid, the plan would pay for their deductibles and co-payments, since it will pay for all of the rest of the residents regardless of income. Here in Alaska, we have many residents who do not carry medical Insurance. So, why not use the gas pipeline to generate funds for our future health. This way, the money will be used for the residents of Alaska. If this does not sound right to the reader, then we should have it so that when a resident is in the hospital with no medical insurance, the Gas Pipeline Medical Insurance will be there to help in an emergency ongoing basis.

This way the taxpayers do not have to pick up the tab for paying someone's medical problems.

Alfredo Velazquez

Juneau



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