Opinion: Alaska's Healthcare Costs Are Crippling the State

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Opinion: Alaska's Healthcare Costs Are Crippling the State

Sep, 15th 2016

The outrageous cost of health care in Alaska is crippling small businesses, stifling innovators, and pushing ordinary people to make bizarre life decisions.

I've been writing about Alaska's extraordinary transfer of wealth to the medical industry in an occasional series of columns. For a healthy Alaska family trying to comply with the law, the cost of health care can easily exceed the cost of housing. That's unsustainable.

In 1991, Julie Drake started Title Wave Books with her husband, Steve, who was born in Alaska. A couple years ago, they had to drop their group insurance through the business and go to the Affordable Care Act online marketplace for individual coverage. But those premiums also rose until, planning retirement in their 50s, they realized they...

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