Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Want to open a health care or nursing home business? Under current Alaska law, you’ll have to go hat-in-hand to the state bureaucracy, and beg for a “Certificate of Need” to open your business!

That’s why I’ve introduced House Bill 287 and agreed to be a sponsor of an initiative to also take this issue directly to the people of Alaska.

HB 287 eliminates the requirement for a government-issued “Certificate of Need” for health care facilities and nursing homes in boroughs with a population of more than 25,000 people. That includes Anchorage, Matsu, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

Medical costs in Alaska are reaching crisis levels. Passage of HB 287 should help lower the escalating medical costs of Workers’ Compensation, PERS/TRS retirement, and the cost and availability of medical care for both companies and individual families. Consider how competition lowered the cost of communications in Alaska. If it worked for communications, competition could for everything else.

The free market should decide if a health care facility is needed, not some bureaucrat in state government. If someone wants to open a health care facility they shouldn’t have to beg the government for a Certificate of Need that, in effect, provides other larger businesses with a de facto monopoly. We need more competition, not less. Free enterprise motivates excellence, and encourages lower prices through competition (just the opposite of a monopoly).

HB287 is already co-sponsored by Representatives Coghill, Chenault, and Kohring. I expect more co-sponsors as the bill progresses through the legislature.

The goal of HB287 is to restore American style competition and expanded medical choice for the benefit of Alaska’s medical consumers.


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