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Rep. Young Comments On President’s Newest Health Care Plan

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement March 3 following the President's unveiling of the latest version of the Democrats' health care reform plan:

"The President and Congressional Democrats are still trying to shove the same old plan down the throats of the American people who have repeatedly and resoundingly said 'NO!'  We should be starting with a clean slate, and working in a bipartisan manner to implement common-sense reforms that expand access and lower health care costs.  Instead, this Administration is force-feeding America a bill that will increase premiums while growing inefficient government bureaucracy by establishing nearly 160 new boards, commissions, and programs. The Administration misses the main problems with our health care system: accessibility, portability, and affordability.  Until we remedy those three hurdles, we are wasting the taxpayers' time and money.

"I have twice sent the President information on the Nuka Model that the Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage uses to cut down on wait times and unnecessary doctors visits.  By ensuring patients have a primary care physician and a team of medical professionals who specifically work on each individual patient, these patients have access to doctors via email for questions, and can be seen by a nurse or physicians' assistant in cases that are routine. This has cut down significantly on cost and allowed patients to reduce their visits while improving health incomes. This would be a great model for health care reform, yet none of these ideas were included in the president's health care reform proposal."

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