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"It Came From Alaska"
(Breitbart) - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) says she will not vote with fellow Republicans for an Obamacare repeal bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.
“The Affordable Care Act has failed in so many ways, but there are elements within it that deserve to be saved,” Murkowski said, according to CBS affiliate KTVA.
As she addressed the Alaska state legislature Wednesday, the Republican senator said Obamacare has allowed for the expansion of Medicaid and the opportunity for more than 27,000 Alaskan citizens to obtain health insurance coverage.
Additionally, Murkowski said the provisions for pre-existing conditions, coverage for adult children up to the age of 26, and mental health coverage are all positive aspects of Obamacare.
“As long as Alaska wants to keep the expansion it should have the option,” Murkowski said. “I will not vote to repeal it.”
Murkowski also says she supports Planned Parenthood.
“Taxpayer dollars should never be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides,” she said.
In 2015, Murkowski joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to try to remove a provision to end Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding from the Obamacare repeal bill.
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