Congressman David Young (R-IA) issued a statement about the House Republican leaderships’ American Health Care Act on Wednesday afternoon. He said he can not support the legislation in its current form.

While the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare has helped some, it continues to hurt far too many Iowans. It is the reason healthcare continues to be one of the most debated topics in the nation and has been for the past eight years.

Bottom line – we need laws that work for all Americans for all patients – not just some. The ACA was rushed through Congress and to President Obama’s desk which resulted in a failed law that does not work for everyone and a better solution for all patients is needed. And, the problems and costs created by the ACA are only going to get worse with each passing year.

It is a fundamental principle that repeal, reforms and fixes to healthcare are done in the right way, for the right reasons, and in the right amount of time it takes to ensure we avoid the mistakes of the past. We need to be thoughtful and deliberate and get this right to achieve accessible, affordable quality healthcare.

While the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, is a very good start, it does not yet get it right and therefore I cannot support it in its’ present form.

This conversation is not over. And I believe we can achieve a common sense solution that fixes a broken healthcare system so that it works for all patients – not just some. And a solution that makes it affordable for every patient – not just some.

The foundation of healthcare reform must be personalized, patient-centered healthcare that treats patients like human beings, not a number. That puts you and your doctor, and not politicians, in charge of your healthcare. This is achievable –we just are not yet there.

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