Representative Don Young does not want improved health care for Alaskans. H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, passed the House without his support, which indicates that he represents the only entities benefiting from the status quo: the health care corporations and drug companies, not working Alaskans and families who are trying to afford ever-increasing health care costs.
Young doesn't realize that many Alaskans who actually live here incur tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills to go south for emergency surgery or extended treatments.
Additionally, according to "Families USA," Alaskans' health care premiums rose 90 percent this decade while median earnings only rose 17 percent. On Young'sWeb site, he tells us to "be very afraid." He apparently wants us sick and broke too.
Enough is enough.
Even Young would benefit from this bill, because it stimulates health care competition by providing a government option, expands coverage for those without insurance, lowers costs for families and businesses, begins to reduce the deficit, and eliminates coverage denials for pre-existing conditions.
Instead of talking with Alaskans about their health care troubles, Young seems maniacally obsessed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as he mentions her name a dozen times on his Web site.
My advice to Young: Get treated for your obsession. Even though you've been working together for 22 years, thanks to this bill, you won't be denied coverage because of this pre-existing condition.
Young represents offshore interests instead of the 209,000 Alaskans (33 percent of the population) without health insurance in 2007-08, according to FamiliesUSA.org). He also doesn't seem to have in mind the interests of the 423,000 Alaskans with coverage.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the largest contributor to Young's 2009-2010 campaign committee is Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore vessel company whose focus is the Gulf of Mexico. Since Young's voting priorities lay offshore, it's time Alaska has a new representative in the U.S. House.
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