CSHR 14(HSS): Urging the United States Congress to oppose federal health care reform bills.
00 CS FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 14(HSS) 01 Urging the United States Congress to oppose federal health care reform bills. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 03 WHEREAS the health care reform bills being considered in the United States House 04 of Representatives and the United States Senate 05 (1) will result in higher federal taxes and force new taxes and penalties on 06 Alaskans; 07 (2) will cut $466,700,000,000 from the Medicare program; 08 (3) will require residents to purchase health insurance; 09 (4) will raise insurance premiums; 10 (5) fail to address access to and adequate reimbursement of primary care 11 providers, including doctors, nurses, and physician assistants; 12 (6) will cause Medicaid enrollment to increase by an additional 15,000,000 - 13 20,000,000 people; 14 (7) will impose a one-size-fits-all federally designed health insurance 15 exchange; 16 (8) will establish inflexible rating rules; and
01 (9) will impose unfunded mandates on states; and 02 WHEREAS higher taxes and penalties would be detrimental to the economy of the 03 state; and 04 WHEREAS Medicare cuts would decrease access to services for seniors and the 05 disabled; and 06 WHEREAS adding more people to the Medicaid program will result in significant 07 cost shifting to privately insured individuals and higher costs to states and territories; and 08 WHEREAS the National Association of State Budget Directors has demonstrated that 09 states and territories are in no position to comply with the maintenance of effort provisions 10 found in the federal health care reform bills or to accept the increases in costs or additional 11 administrative burdens required to expand Medicaid coverage; and 12 WHEREAS the unfunded mandates and special deals will place greater pressure on 13 the state budget and jeopardize funding for education, public safety, and other essential state 14 services; and 15 WHEREAS the Alaska Health Care Commission, in a report dated January 15, 2010, 16 stated that a "journey of transformation that will be many years in the making is required to 17 redesign and implement a more rational, coherent and sustainable system that will deliver the 18 highest quality of care at the most reasonable price in a way that protects providers and their 19 business interests, while protecting the interests of their consumers"; 20 BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives urges the Alaska 21 Congressional delegation to vote against the current health care reform bills and to develop 22 health care reform that is affordable and accessible to all legal residents; and be it 23 FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives urges Governor Parnell 24 and the Administration to review the constitutionality of the special deals for other states 25 contained in the current federal health care reform bills. 26 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 27 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 28 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; 29 the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable 30 Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don 31 Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; the Honorable
01 Sean Parnell, Governor of Alaska; and the Honorable Daniel S. Sullivan, Alaska Attorney 02 General.