Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Do Alaska Natives Get Free Health Care???

Now days it seems like everyone assumes that the Native people of Alaska receive quote on quote "free health care." To find the answer we must first determine who exactly are the Alaska Natives? They consist of Inupiaq, Yupick, Cupik, Siberian, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Eyak, Athabascan, Aleut, & Alutiiq. Their ancestors have lived in alaska for over 10,000 years. They are in fact the last remaining indigenous people in the U.S to be forcibly removed from their homes. All though there are various villages they all share key values such as honoring the land, sharing, respect for elders, and so on. 
But to get straight to the apparent question, Do Alaska Natives get free health care? Well when thought upon, technically the Natives health care has been "Pre-Paid." The native people have paid for their care though the trade of land and resources for services from the U.S. In other terms their health care plan has emerged from several gov. to gov. agreements.  The United States by legal & contractual obligation must indefinitely provide health care services.

"DO ALASKA NATIVE PEOPLE GET FREE MEDICAL CARE*" Published by UAA,  Fran Ulmer & APU, Douglas North.

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