NH House, Senate Leaders Join State Officials Nationally Asking President Obama to Expedite Court Decision on Obamacare Lawsuit

Concord- House Speaker William O’Brien, Senate President Peter Bragdon and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today joined national leaders in calling for President Obama to have his administration move to expedite the lawsuit over the new national health care reform law to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Yesterday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley began collecting signatures for a letter from governors across the country to ask the President to bring quick resolution to this bill by speeding Supreme Court review.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“The uncertainty of Obamacare throws our budget process into chaos.  This new law severely restricts the state’s ability to manage Medicaid, which is the largest program in New Hampshire’s government.  Given the tremendous fiscal challenges we face as we put together our plans for the next two years, not knowing whether the law will remain is a major impact to our state, and every state.  That’s why we ask the President to expedite the appeals process for the law and allow states to make our budget decisions accordingly.”

Senate President Peter Bragdon

“Multiple rulings questioning the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul have caused confusion for state budgets and the finances of businesses and families across the country.  The time has come to settle the basic legal questions surrounding this intrusive federal mandate once and for all.  Doing so will allow the State of New Hampshire to move forward with our budgeting processes with the flexibility and control needed to make difficult decisions in tough economic times.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“I urge Governor Lynch to join Governor Haley in asking President Obama to expedite the Obamacare lawsuit to the Supreme Court. New Hampshire taxpayers deserve the stability to know what effect Obamacare’s mandates and restrictions will have on their lives. President Obama owes it to the states to move this law to a Supreme Court and allow the Justices to settle whether the two federal judges and 28 states are correct in their belief that this law is an unconstitutional monstrosity. If President Obama feels that this initiative is his top priority, he should stop dragging his feel and potentially wasting taxpayer money and push this matter quickly through to a conclusion.”