Anchorage Daily News: Congressional candidate Q&As: Name two problems facing Alaska and what you’ll do about them

Al Gross, Nonpartisan, Democratic nominee: Two of the biggest challenges Alaska is facing are spiraling cost of healthcare and an economy that was in recession before COVID-19, and is facing freefall now. These two things are closely linked, and a big reason I decided to run for Senate. As healthcare costs increase, government budgets and schools get squeezed, while at the same time creating huge obstacles to diversifying our economy — new businesses won’t come to Alaska because healthcare is prohibitively expensive.