Alaskans may hold key to health care bill, and they have … issues

Alaskans may hold key to health care bill, and they have … issuesLisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska leave the chamber after a vote on Capitol Hill on May 10. ANCHORAGE — After a bruising and tiring fight in D.C. over health care legislation, both of Alaska’s Republican senators returned to the land of the midnight sun to celebrate Independence Day with parades and other activities, including a chainsawing competition. Both of Alaska’s senators have played pivotal roles in the debate and could be deciding votes if the bill finally reaches the Senate floor, giving this often-overlooked state with its unique needs and concerns a disproportionate say in shaping the legislation.


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