CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following comments in response to the House passing House Bill 1297, legislation that prohibits the state from implementing a state health care exchange for the federal health care reform act. The bill passed by a majroity voice vote.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“The Josiah Bartlett Center estimates that the cost of running a state health care exchange will be between $10 million and $20 million a year, and not one penny will be paid for by the federal government. Not only will ObamaCare be unaffordable for our citizens, but for state taxpayers as well. Given the costs associated with this federal takeover of the country’s health care system, there is no way New Hampshire taxpayers should get stuck with an unfunded mandate to put this deeply flawed law into place. The House has, once again, sent a clear message that we oppose ObamaCare, we support New Hampshire taxpayers, we support New Hampshire businesses and workers and we will take the steps necessary to protect Granite Staters and block it here.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
"This bill has added New Hampshire to the growing list of states that are committed to opposing the President’s unconstitutional healthcare mandate. These exchanges have repeatedly been a ploy by the President to coerce states into paving the way for the implementation of ObamaCare while also forcing them to bear the burden of its future costs. By stopping this exchange the Legislature has not only stood up for our local control, but also the continuation of our New Hampshire Advantage."