Nov 13, 2009
On Friday the 13th, Don Young Reveals Scary Priorities on Health Insurance Reform
After putting massive insurance company profits ahead of middle class Alaskans by refusing to support common sense health insurance reform, Don Young today embraced a Republican alternative plan which fails to prohibit insurers from denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions and in ten years would ensure millions more uninsured Americans than the plan Young opposed.
“Don Young’s misplaced priorities on health insurance reform are shocking. First, Young opposed a common sense plan that will reduce health care costs for the middle class, prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for a preexisting condition, and reduce the deficit by $109 billion. And now, Young’s pushing a plan that fails to prevent Americans from being denied insurance coverage for a preexisting condition, fails to prevent insurance industry price gouging, fails to make as large an impact on the deficit and, after 10 years, would leave millions more Americans uninsured,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
- In an op-ed published today, Young advocates for the GOP alternative to the House-passed health insurance reform legislation. [Anchorage Daily News, 11/13/09]
- According to the Los Angeles Times, the GOP proposal does not include one of the most popular elements of the Democrats’ plan -- a ban on denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions. [Los Angeles Times, 11/5/09]
- The Congressional Budget Office says the Republican plan would reduce federal deficits by $68 billion over a 10 year period, compared to $109 billion for the House-passed plan. [Associated Press, 11/4/09; Kansas City Star, 11/6/09]
- A Congressional Budget Office analysis also concluded that under the GOP plan, 52 million nonelderly Americans would have no insurance in 2019 -- even more than the 50 million in 2010. By comparison, the House Democratic bill would reduce the number of nonelderly Americans without coverage to around 18 million over the next decade. [Los Angeles Times, 11/5/09]