The Alaska Legislature has signed a contract for lawyers to take on Gov. Bill Walker's expansion of Medicaid, drawing criticism from some of its own members who had urged them to not continue after an early loss.
The contracts signed Tuesday for up to $450,000 include a signing bonus of $100,000, said Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage.
“I'm struggling to understand how Republican leadership has drifted so far from common sense, losing any sense of priority when it comes to serving the people of Alaska," Gardner said in a prepared statement Wednesday.
The Legislative Council, the Legislature's operating arm, decided in August to sue Walker and his commissioner of Health and Social Services, Val Davidson, to block expansion, but failed to get an injunction before the state began enrolling Alaskans in the program on Sept.
Let me remind you that the expansion will help to cover 42,000 Alaskans currently without any health insurance at all. And since we have less than 737,000 people altogether that is nothing to sneeze at.
I have been criticized lately for posting stories about stupid people in other states, especially Texas where the people seem to be particularly thin skinned.
However if you think just because I am posting about Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, or any other state bulging with morons, that I am giving a free pass to Alaska, well you my friend must be new here.
I have lived here my entire life, and while we have some truly exceptional people up here, we also have far more than our fair share of fucking idiots.
And no, their last name is NOT always Palin.