NH House Leaders Comment on Passage of Bill to Ship Back ObamaCare Money

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today commented on the passage of House Bill 1727, which would send the remainder of federal insurance exchange money to plan for implementing ObamaCare in New Hampshire back to Washington with express direction to go toward reducing the federal deficit. The New Hampshire House of Representatives last year voted for a similar bill to send back $666,000 to Washington for the same purposes. HB 1727 passed 218 to 79. 

House Speaker William O’Brien

“The House has already made clear their position on implementing a state health insurance exchange to implement ObamaCare. The resounding answer to this federal overreach has been and will be that we will do all we can in New Hampshire to block ObamaCare. Creating an exchange would only entrench ObamaCare in New Hampshire and serve as a contract with the federal government that the state agrees to pick up the tab for the individual mandate. Several times the House has asked our Attorney General to join the 26-state lawsuit against ObamaCare. We then should not be accepting money to entertain the idea of an exchange nor should we be adopting a strategy that will make us complicit in the law that’s wrong for New Hampshire and that we're trying to overturn.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has just heard the case and it makes no sense to waste taxpayer money, federal or otherwise, on a law stands on very shaky ground. Rejecting this money and these state exchanges adds New Hampshire to the list of states opposing this unconstitutional law. By doing this, it doesn't matter how the Supreme Court rules because flaws in the way federal exchanges would be implemented by the law will force Congress to reopen ObamaCare to make changes since they didn’t account for the cost.

“We have already seen the initial cost estimate of $1 trillion raise to an astounding $1.76 trillion price tag for ObamaCare and there is no telling how high the actual bill could climb. New Hampshire simply can’t afford to take this money that comes with so very many strings attached.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“The Josiah Bartlett Institute has estimated that running a healthcare exchange in New Hampshire would cost between $10 and $20 million dollars annually. In a biennium budget for a small state like New Hampshire, $40 million is nothing to sneeze at. Furthermore, as far as these exchanges go, there is no such thing as local control. The House will keep our promises to voters by doing our part in the continuing fight against ObamaCare, which would be the nail in the coffin of the New Hampshire Advantage.”