Young representing offshore interests

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009

Representative Don Young does not want improved health care for Alaskans. H.R. 3962, also known as 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: health care corporations and drug companies, instead of working Alaskans and their families that are trying to afford ever-increasing health care costs. He doesn't realize that many Alaskans who actually live here incur tens or even 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's Web Site he wants us to "be very afraid" of health care reform (and apparently sick and broke, too). Enough is enough.

Even Young would benefit from this bill, as it stimulates health care competition by providing a government option, expands coverage for those without insurance, lowers cost 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, D-Calif., 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 with Pelosi for 22 years, thanks to this bill you wont be denied coverage because of this pre-existing condition.

Young represents offshore interests instead of the 209,000 Alaskans, 33 percent of us, without health insurance in 2007-08 ( According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the largest contributor to Young's 2009-10 campaign committee is Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore vessel company whose focus is the Gulf of Mexico. Since Young's voting priorities lay offshore, its time Alaska has a new representative in theU.S. House.

Mike Hekkers


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