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Rep. Young’s Statement In Response to the President's Health Care Address

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement in response to President Obama's address to the joint session of Congress regarding health care:

"There are many answers to our current health care needs," said Rep. Young. "Unfortunately the President and our House leadership are not willing to enact any of them. I fully support the goal of making health care more accessible and affordable to Americans but I oppose the way in which the President and Speaker Pelosi are trying to do it. What they are proposing will do nothing more than put a political band-aid on a very deep wound. Any decent health care bill needs to focus on accessibility, portability, and affordability; the proposal put forth by the Administration does none of these.

"I support and am the cosponsor of two sensible and comprehensive health care bills in Congress right now, H.R. 3218, the Improving Health Care For All Americans Act and H.R. 2516, the Medical Rights Act of 2009. Together, these bills would achieve real health care reform, as well as improve the Medicare reimbursement system, allow low-income families to purchase health insurance with advanced tax credits, and create larger risk pools to help those who are sick qualify for insurance. Americans deserve a comprehensive health plan with access to doctors and quality treatment, not just the illusion of one."

Posted Sept. 10, 2009

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