By Lori Tipton
Channel 2 News
6:47 PM AKST, January 18, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives came back into session Tuesday, and with Republicans now in charge, they took the first steps toward trying to repeal health care reform.
In Alaska, the Democratic Party made a plea to lawmakers to keep the legislation in place.
Members of the Alaska Democratic Party say a repeal would threaten thousands of people who are already benefitting from the Affordable Care Act.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Democratic Party chair Patti Higgins said the legislation helps thousands of Alaskans with pre-existing medical conditions, who will be in jeopardy of losing their insurance, if repealed.
Alaska Republican Party chair Randy Ruedrich says the reform legislation will end up being too costly.
Ruedrich says it should be repealed so lawmakers can come up with something better to help the American public.
“Let's start over. I'm sure we can build a much better mouse trap that is simpler, that doesn't affect not only the healthcare of the average citizen but affects so many other things beyond in this greatly overreaching device that just barely passed,” Ruedrich said.
“The system has just gotten so far out of whack that it has been demanding a solution. Double-digit inflation every year is unsustainable and so the people have finally stood up and said we have to do something,” Higgins said.
The debate will continue Wednesday, thousands of miles away on Capitol Hill. A vote is expected sometime Wednesday afternoon.
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