by Ted Land
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Democrats in the state capitol are praising President Barack Obama's landmark health care bill, which he signed Tuesday morning.
Republicans are still considering a resolution that opposes the bill.
Anchorage Democrat Rep. Les Gara actually played a role in changing federal law.
During a press conference, Gara pointed out a line in the national health care bill which allows states to provide extra money for Medicare payments in underserved regions where the federal reimbursement rate is too low.
That's a new measure, thanks in part to Gara and Sen. Mark Begich, who worked together to add it to the bill.
"We hope that's going to bring relief to people across the state who cannot see a doctor. It's an insult that you work your whole life and you get under Medicare and you cannot get a doctor to see you," Gara said.