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Bill Walker
Bill WalkerIndependent, AKCurrent Position:Governorsince January 01, 2014
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The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) brought sweeping healthcare reform plus a ton of debate about the rising costs of premiums, deductibles, and doctor access, let alone who is covered. Join the healthcare discussion today.

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According to the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, health care premiums for "single" coverage rose almost 270 percent; rates for "family" coverage have tripled over the past 15 years.Public hospitals, funded by taxpayer dollars, are governed by the Emergency Medical and Treatment Labor Act (EMTLA). Passed by Congress in 1986, EMTLA explicitly forbids the denial of care to indigent or uninsured patients based on a lack of ability to paSince 2010, health care plan deductibles are up 67 percent. Worker earnings, by contrast, rose just 10 percent over that period, according to Kaiser's analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.Public and private hospitals alike are prohibited by law from denying a patient care in an emergency. For non-emergency care, privately-owned hospitals may turn away patients, but public hospitals cannot refuse care.The increase in health insurance deductibles paid by U.S. workers over the last five years is more than six times the average wage increase, according to an analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.U.S. Medicare Spending, in billions 2011: $485.7 2012: $471.8 2013: $497.8 2014: $511.7 2015: $546.2 http://www.usgovernmentspending.com
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