Alaska Senate Dem Under Fire for Obamacare Rate Hikes

by Joel Gehrke

With insurance rates set to spike in Alaska, a new ad faults Senator Mark Begich, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country, for supporting Obamacare and missing votes.

“When Mark Begich promised Obamacare would reduce costs, we believed him,” the narrator says. “Now, some Alaskans could see their rates increase by thousands of dollars each year.”

The ad, released by the Koch-backed Freedom Partners Action Fund cites a recent report on Obamacare rate hikes from Alaska Public Media.

“The [Alaska] Division of Insurance says consumers can expect to pay an increase of more than 30 percent on average for coverage,” the September 5 report says. “[An insurance company executive] says the way the individual market is structured under the Affordable Care Act is not sustainable in a small population state like Alaska.”

The new Obamacare ad opens by noting that “character is important.” Though the ad doesn’t mention it, it comes after Begich tried to blame his Republican opponent, former state attorney general Dan Sullivan, for a brutal crime. The victims’ family attacked Begich for politicizing the tragedy.

“You[r] campaign is playing pure politics at the expense of my clients, and frankly has done only what is in the best interests of ‘Mark Begich’ rather than protecting the victims of the most serious crime in Alaska history,” attorney Bryon Collins wrote, after suggesting that Begich had “lied to” him.

 

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