They were on opposite sides during the debate leading up to health care reform in Congress and it's the same now that Alaska's two U.S. senators are back in Alaska talking about the result.
Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat who backed the reforms, says the legislation is packed with opportunity for people who didn't have it before to get health care and that most people calling his office now just want to know how it will affect them.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who opposed the legislation, says that she agrees increased access to health care is good. But the new law won't deliver all it promised on that front and, perhaps more significantly, won't bring down costs, she said.
"In terms of our ability to reduce the overall costs of health care, I think this is where we have failed and failed to quite a high degree," Murkowski told reporters Tuesday.
Both senators are in Alaska while Congress is in recess, giving speeches and holding roundtables on various topics. Begich was talking about health care Tuesday evening at a rally. Murkowski didn't have any specific talks on health care scheduled but discussed it with reporters.
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