Today House Republican leadership offered the following statement on HB 601, which sends back federal money to implement an insurance exchange in the state for Obamacare:
House Speaker William O’Brien:
“This bill sends the Obamacare money back to Washington with specific instructions to use it to reduce our massive federal deficit. New Hampshire can do its part in rejecting this expensive mandate. Obamacare has been found unconstitutional by two federal courts and we are awaiting the final decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Spending that sort of money to comply with a mandate that is three years away and stands on very shaky ground makes no sense. It is irresponsible to knowingly waste tax dollars, be it state or federal, when we face historic budget deficits in Washington and Concord. No bit of money should be considered ‘insignificant’ in the ongoing discussions of balancing the budget. We simply have to be better stewards of taxpayer money. We also must send a strong message that New Hampshire intends to preserve our Tenth Amendment rights,” said House Speaker Bill O’Brien.
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt:
“The Democrats rammed Obamacare through despite the wishes of the public but that’s no reason that we should saddle our citizens with higher taxes and the freedom to run their own healthcare that Obamacare mandates. The voters elected to fix this mess and that’s just what this legislation does,” said House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt.