Community members stage sit-in at Sen. Murkowski’s Fairbanks office | Local News – Alaska News

Community members stage sit-in at Sen. Murkowski’s Fairbanks office | Local News – Alaska News

FAIRBANKS — More than 30 people crammed into Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Fairbanks office Wednesday morning for a sit-in, in which they spoke out against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a bill Senate Republicans introduced last week.

Many in the group voiced concerns about the proposed bill’s cuts to Medicaid, which provides health care for people with disabilities, some children and pregnant women among other demographics. The sit-in was organized by Doug Toelle, who is active in ADAPT, a disability rights activist group.

“Republicans have decided that to fund a tax cut for the wealthy, they will devastate the services that disabled and elderly Americans rely on,” Toelle said. “The attack on Medicaid is an attack on disabled Americans and our very lives, because if these cuts go through, there is no question that disabled Americans will die.”

Since the bill was rolled out, Murkowski, a Republican, has expressed reservations about the adverse effects the bill might have Alaska’s Medicaid-dependent population as well as cuts to Planned Parenthood funding. Murkowski has not taken a solid position on the bill, but some people hope Murkowski votes against the GOP-sponsored bill. Murkowski is on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions.

Murkowski’s special assistant in Fairbanks, Trina Bailey, said she would make sure the group’s comments were passed on to Murkowski.

Kaleene Lamb, who held a sign saying “Medicaid equals death for disabled,” said disabled Americans “don’t deserve to…

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