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'A victory for Alaska' Young wants to keep working on health care reform bill

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Published: Mar. 24, 2017 at 9:34 PM AKDT
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Congressman Don Young says he would have been a 'no' vote on the American Health Care Act had it gone to a floor vote.

In a video sent out by his office, Rep. Young said "this was not a good bill. It didn't do well for Alaska."

The bill was pulled for lack of support Friday, mainly not enough G.O.P members giving their support to the bill.

In a video message, Young says he supports repealing the current health care law, passed under then-President Barack Obama. But he says a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work.

"When I first saw this so-called legislation, pass and repeal, I said we’re not really repealing Obamacare. The premiums would be just as high, which is killing my Alaska workers. We have a lot of Medicaid people that would be damaged through this legislation. And those who are signed up for the exchanges, they of course would be in limbo," says Young.

The longest-service Republican in the U.S. House also responded to a Washington Post

that Rep. Paul Ryan "got down on a knee to plead with Young" to vote for the bill.

In his video message Young seemed to brush off the report.

"No I've been working with the Speaker, I mean people got a big deal because he's on his knees, I’ve been working with him, trying to help him, telling him what we should be doing. He wasn’t able to deliver on what I thought was necessary for the State of Alaska."

Young is advocating a repeal of the law, which would take effect in 2020. He says that would provide time for Republicans and Democrats to work together on a replacement.