by Rhonda McBride
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski says America may have a new health care reform law, but the debate is far from over. In her first news conference Tuesday since the bill was passed, Murkowski says the legislation needs more work.
She also touched on energy issues at the Anchorage conference and if there was a theme, it was frustration over federal intrusion into so many issues important to Alaskans and Americans.
Although Murkowski opposed health care reform, she now believes it should be viewed as a work in progress.
"Repealing this is not the answer in my opinion, because if you just repeal and you do nothing, we will not have addressed health care reform," Murkowski said.
Murkowski says she voted against the bill because it contains $500 billion in cuts to Medicare -- cuts she says go too far. She says she understands the public's anger, which she predicts will grow when more of the legislation's flaws are understood. But she condemned some of the threats of violence surrounding the bill, and the vandalism at the Alaska Democratic Party headquarters.