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Governor Comments on National Health Care

March 21, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today expressed grave concern with the passage by Congress of national health care legislation, noting polls that show the vast majority of Americans opposing the government takeover of about one-sixth of the economy.

“This is public policy at its worst,” Governor Parnell said. “I am very concerned with the impacts this bill will have on Alaska's seniors, families, small businesses, and physicians. For the many Alaskans currently unable to afford insurance, this legislation will do nothing but require that they purchase health insurance. This bill will increase insurance premiums and do very little to ensure that patients have access to needed health care professionals.”

The governor shares the view of many Americans that forcing citizens into a health care plan they don’t want, and one the nation can not afford, is unconstitutional.

“Today’s vote will also have a lasting financial impact on the state’s general fund due to the increased Medicaid costs to the states.”

Governor Parnell has been a consistent critic of the legislation. Earlier this year, the governor urged Alaska’s congressional delegation to consider the impacts to Alaska, its citizens and business.

Governor Parnell also joined 19 Republican governors and governors-elect urging congressional leaders to regroup and pass “meaningful health care reform,” rather than the current legislation, which they called rushed, partisan, ineffective and burdensome for multiple generations of American taxpayers. The governor also directed Attorney General Dan Sullivan to conduct a legal review of the legislation.

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