Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today released the following statement after House passage S.Con.Res.3, a congressional budget resolution laying the foundation for a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act:
“For years, this Administration has done its best to convince the American people that the President’s healthcare law is working and is in fact affordable. However, in Alaska and across the nation we’ve seen the exact opposite,” said Congressman Don Young. “The facts speak for themselves. Year after year, Alaskans have faced skyrocketing premiums and soaring deductibles – pricing hardworking individuals and families out of access to healthcare entirely. The promise for increased competition and lower prices represents another major failure in this law, as insurers flee the individual marketplace and leave Alaska and more than one third of U.S. counties with just one insurer in 2017. Simply put, the real world application of this government-knows-best mandate has resulted in broken promises, inadequate results and a demand for change from the American people.
“In many ways, we are at a fundamental crossroads – a law on the verge of collapse and a unique opportunity, granted by the American people, to transition towards a more stable healthcare system,” Young said. “Given the numerous consequences of the law, I have chosen, without reservation, to move forward with a process to repeal and replace this unworkable law. This budget resolution represents the first step in an effort to transition away from Obamacare, and move towards a system that gives American consumers the choice and flexibility they need and deserve.”