Here’s Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who, it should be noted, gets some of the best, tax-payer funded healthcare available, talking to KCAW, Sitka’s public radio station, about Medicaid expansion:
Sullivan said he opposes expanding a program that will inevitably add to the federal debt.
Sullivan: Doesn’t make sense for me to say we should borrow more money from China to expand a government program.
KCAW: Does that mean that you wouldn’t accept federal funds for anything in Alaska? Or specifically Medicaid?
Sullivan: “Well, take it issue by issue. If somebody said, you know, federal highway dollars for example can help build a road that could lead to good jobs and economic development, then you can see an end game there that’s positive…”
Medicaid, he said, doesn’t meet that bar.
“As far as expanding Medicaid, again, I’m not sure where it was ever determined that it’s the government’s role to provide Medicaid to x number of people…It was supposed to be a safety net. And it’s expanded to where the levels that are qualified I think go beyond a safety net and really just become I think another government entitlement program that’s unsustainable.”