March 28, 2012
To the editor:
I was sad and discouraged to hear of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s recent “change of mind” — “flip-flop” — on the Health and Human Services mandate. The important decision on this controversial health care act and all it contains that affect our personal lives, our consciences, our concerns about freedoms. As an American citizen, a Christian, an Alaska pioneer — we actually homesteaded in Alaska when it was a territory — a mother and a grandmother I am very concerned about our state, our nation and for all our futures.
I am very concerned and think you let Alaskans down in the big picture.
Contraceptives are and will always be available to all who choose to use them, often at no cost to the woman. There are agencies, such as community health centers, university health centers and Planned Parenthood that are more than willing to help.
Contraception, abortion and sterilization should be an individual, private choice and not be included in health care plans under government mandate. This is very unfair to employers and insurance companies, and to us as taxpayers. How will this affect all of us?
I hope you will look into and research this health care bill more thoroughly. Please consider the future consequences involved for all Alaskans and all Americans.
A governmental “Band-Aid” decision made hastily will not prevent nor heal the contagious infections resulting from this health care bill. Surgery is required. Let’s cut it out.
JoAn and Russell Talvi