Calling for a National Defense Policy for the Arctic
Whereas, It is the constitutional responsibility of the President of the United States as Commander-in-chief to ensure our nation’s defense; and
Whereas, Barack Obama has failed to meet this responsibility in the face of irrefutable evidence documenting Russia’s rapid remilitarization of the Arctic and is ignoring the Congressional requirement to provide a plan for our Arctic defense; and
Whereas, Published reports confirm that Russia
(1) activated a new Arctic Command on December 1, 2014
(2) is completing the restoration of nine Soviet-era airfields, ports, and signal intelligence (SIGINT) stations throughout the Arctic
(3) is planning the construction of an air-ground firing range, ten radar and vectoring points, and thirteen airfields
(4) has funded a new Arctic Army to become fully operational by 2020; and
Whereas, Alaska is the only state with an Arctic border directly opposite this unstabilizing military buildup and is strategically located to base the forces required to counter this new threat as well as other threats in the northern hemisphere; and
Whereas, Alaska contains the military infrastructure and unmatched air and ground maneuver areas required to house, train, and command and control the joint forces needed to defend our nation and our national interests around the world in the 21st Century; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Alaska Republican Party calls upon the President and the Congress to articulate a national defense policy for the Arctic and prepare an Operations Plan (OPLAN) and joint force structure required to execute that plan; and, be it further
Resolved, that the Alaska Republican Party bring to the Republican National Convention Platform Committee this platform commitment for inclusion.
Requested by: Ric Davidge and Chris Nelson, co-chairs of the AKRP National Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee
Whereas the state is concerned for the wellbeing of all Alaskans,
Whereas the state is in an economic recession,
Whereas more Alaskans are losing their jobs,
Whereas the current allocation of funds will require coverage for more people,
Whereas the MESA study done in 2013 showed a significant $6 billion dollar price tag for Medicaid by 2032,
Whereas by 2020 the State of Alaska will have to pay 10% of the costs for the expanded Medicaid population,
Whereas the Department of Health and Social Services commissioned a Menges Report that projects Medicaid expansion will cost the State of Alaska over $56 Million dollars in the next 4 years, and increase of over $88 Million dollars from the original projects in 2015.
Therefore let it be resolved that all Medicaid expansion be repealed as Medicaid expansion will potentially bankrupt our state in the next decade, will drive private practitioners out of business due to low reimbursement, increasing costs due to audits, fines and increasing regulatory burdens, and disparities in pay.
Whereas SB74 also eliminates the need for Physicians to be instate for telehealth, which may result in substandard care by not requiring providers to do physical exams on patients, and which may dramatically lower the medical quality of care we have in our community;
Therefore let it be resolved that telehealth not be mandated by insurance companies or the government in place of actual physical hands on care provided by Alaskan providers.
Whereas SB74/ US SB524 unnecessarily increases regulatory burdens on providers and interferes with their ability to prescribe medications to patients, increases costs by forcing them to enter patients on testosterone, cough syrup, migraine, ADHD/ADD, seizure, weight loss, etc. medications, not just narcotics, on a controlled substance data base before dispensing medications, and forces all pharmacies to enter everyone on a controlled substance database before dispensing any Schedule 2,3,4 medications thus increasing costs and delays in prompt filling of prescriptions;
Whereas SB74 requires more than 3 days of all schedule 2 and 3 medications be entered into a database prior to a provider giving the patient a prescription, and that all schedule 2,3,4 substances be entered into a database before dispensing by a pharmacist, which unduly delays care and adds to cost,
Therefore we propose that this mandated controlled substance data entry for providers and pharmacies be limited to narcotics only, and only when over 5 days are prescribed. We further recommend that this data base not be used to restrict the rights of citizens to bear arms or be gainfully employed in any job capacity. Patients must sign a consent form prior to their information being entered on this database. The database must comply with all HIPAA standards and the state will be liable for damages if criminals or other unauthorized people access this database. And the system will be upgraded at state expense to allow all 700,000 Alaskans and over 2000 providers to access this system instantaneously and securely. If the database is down, providers will not be penalized for not accessing the system before dispensing medications.
Whereas SB74 also results in pay discrimination which allows for Native Alaskans to get their care paid for with 100% federal reimbursement which is up to ten times more than they pay private physicians to provide care for other minority groups on Medicaid;
Therefore let it be resolved that we support pay equity for all Medicaid providers.
Whereas the state of Alaska pays $80 million a year to the federal government in-lieu-of-federal tax so Medicaid patients can receive their PFD without counting it as income. which does not go towards reducing the cost of medical care;
Therefore let it be resolved that we work with our legislators at state and federal government so this money can be used for healthcare in Alaska instead of going into federal coffers.
Whereas Medicaid will not pay for prescriptions written by providers who have opted out of Medicaid, and Medicare will not pay for services ordered by providers who have opted out of Medicare;
Therefore be it resolved that we work with our US Senators and Representative to change federal regulations to require Medicare and Medicaid to cover prescriptions and other services written by any duly licensed provider who has opted out of Medicare and Medicaid, without additional administrative burdens, that would normally have been covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
Whereas direct pay care allows patients to pay their providers directly for services without being considered an insurance company, which will allow primary care providers to stay in practice;
Therefore let it be resolved that we support providers being allowed to contract directly with patients without being considered insurance companies.
Urging Careful Review Before Expanding Alaska State Healthcare Coverage
Whereas, The Alaska Republican Party has consistently opposed implementation of Obamacare; and,
Whereas, Bills are pending in the Alaska State Senate and House to study the consolidation of Alaska’s publicly funded healthcare programs; and,
Whereas, The Alaska Senate Finance Committee previously commissioned a study by The Hay Group to determine the benefits of requiring all Alaska school district employees be covered by this program; and,
Whereas, The Hay Group recommended expansion of Alaska’s public employee healthcare program and a requirement that all Alaska school district employees be covered by this program; and,
Whereas, The Hay Group did not consider whether alternative cost savings strategies could be implemented, nor the adverse impact this proposed expansion would have on private enterprise; and,
Whereas, The Hay Group representatives testified that adoption of their recommendations would increase the number of state employees to administer the program; and,
Whereas, The Alaska Republican Party generally opposes the growth of state government; and,
Where, The Alaska Republican Party supports free enterprise and private competition; now, therefore, be it
Resolved: The Alaska State Senate and House are urged to examine private sector alternatives for resolving any issues associated with rising healthcare costs, before growing state government and mandating further expansion of Alaska’s State healthcare coverage; and be it further
Resolved, That the Alaska Republican Party shall forward this Resolution to each Republican member of the Alaska State House and Senate.
Whereas, children are born to parents and not to the state; and
Whereas, parents have the inherent right and responsibility to decide the upbringing, education and care of their children; and
Whereas, fundamental rights receive the highest legal protection; now, therefore, be it
Resolved that the Alaska State Legislature enact a statute that protects inherent parental rights, recognizing that the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, the education, and ease of their children is an inherent fundamental right.
Whereas, America’s health care system is facing a crisis caused by high cost and unavailability;
Whereas, the Affordable Care Act was sold to the voters with non-facts that insurance costs would go down and more Americans would be insured; and
Whereas, the cost of health care insurance has increased dramatically, and the quality of insurance policies have decreased for the average American; therefore, be it
Resolved, That Obamacare be repealed and replaced with public policy initiatives that make healthcare more affordable and more available to working Americans.
Passed by the Alaska Republican Party State Convention this ___ of __________, 2016.
In Support Of Transferring Federal Lands To State Ownership
The Republican Party of Alaska, assembled in Convention in Fairbanks on April 29- 30. 2016, adopts the following Resolution
Whereas, The federal government controls more than 50% of all lands west of the Rocky Mountains, and
Whereas, Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution only delegates to Congress “... the power to dispose of...” territorial lands and other property, not to keep them in perpetuity. The history, course of conduct, and statehood enabling acts affirm the federal government was only to hold territorial lands “... in trust for the several States to be ultimately created out of the territory” Shively v. Bowlby (U.S. 1894), and
Whereas, the results of such control have been disastrous. “Analysis paralysis” and “management by litigation” epitomize federal land management, and have handcuffed local stewards, resulting in one-size-fits-all consequences for western communities, and for our nation, and
Whereas, the only solution appropriate to the size and scope of the problem is the transfer of public lands to willing western States for thoughtful, more responsive, and accountable stewardship. By the transfer of public lands we mean the lands that were intended to be multiple use federal lands, not National Parks, military bases, Indian reservations or most congressionally designated wilderness areas, and
Whereas, federal public lands should be state public lands, to preserve and protect recreational access, ecosystem health, hunting and fishing opportunities, and valid existing rights such as water rights, mineral rights, hunting and grazing, and
Whereas, at one time, the federal government controlled as much as 90% of all lands throughout what were then “western States”, from Michigan and Iowa to Louisiana and Florida. By acting together, these States were able to force Congress to honor the promise of statehood, divest federal ownership, and allow States to govern the land within their own boundaries. The twelve States of the Far west can do the same, and
Whereas, Fretwell and Reagan, of the Property and Environment Research Center, in “Divided Lands, State vs. Federal Management in the West” (2015), in an objective comparison of state and federal public land management, clearly reveal western States consistently out-perform the federal government. While the federal government manages public lands at a financial loss, states generate a net profit,
and they do so while protecting the environment, providing recreation, enhancing fisheries and wildlife habitat, and generating jobs and revenues, and
Whereas, a recent report by the Institute for Energy Research shows that the oil and gas resources on federal lands, on and offshore, are worth $128 trillion, or seven times the size of the national debt. Responsible development of even a small fraction of these resources, once they’ve been transferred to the States, will be an enormous economic windfall, generating tremendous streams of revenue for both the State and federal governments, begin paying down the national debt, and create millions of high paying jobs, and
Whereas, Alaskans desire to free our public lands from distant, unaccountable, and inefficient federal bureaucracies so that we can manage our lands in a way that provides for healthy air, water, and wildlife, abundant recreation, and safe, vibrant communities,
Now, therefore be it resolved:
1) That the Republican Party of Alaska supports legislation to transfer federal multiple use lands to State ownership, provided the State approves such transfer.
2) That the RPA calls for Congress to immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to States that make application for specific areas which they are willing and able to manage responsibly.
3) That the RPA instructs its delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to work to include the substance of this Resolution in the Platform of the Republican Party.
Be it further RESOLVED for the reasons above, the Alaska Republican Party urges the Alaska Legislature to complete its work on HB115 (Alaska Sovereignty; U.S. transfer land to Alaska) this year.