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NH House Commerce Committee Votes to Prohibit ObamaCare Exchanges in New Hampshire

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien, House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, and Rep. Andrew Manuse offered the following statement on their cosponsored House Bill 1297, which would prohibit the implementation of healthcare exchanges in New Hampshire. The House Commerce and Consumers Affairs Committee voted 10-6 to recommend passage of the bill when it comes to the full House.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“House Bill 1297 will slow the progress of Obamacare in New Hampshire by prohibiting state officials from implementing or aiding the federal government in implementing a state exchange. 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 healthcare mandate. Several times the House has asked our Attorney General to join the 26-state lawsuit against Obamacare. If we truly want to do this, we should not adopt a strategy that will make us complicit in the law we're trying to overturn. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear this case in March and it makes no sense to waste taxpayer money, federal or otherwise, on a law that might not stand.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“President Obama is cheering on the creation of state exchanges, because each state that creates one makes his dream of implementing Obamacare closer to reality. It is easier to repeal a theoretical bureaucracy than a real one. Obamacare says that the states must meet certain federal standards or give way to further federal takeover. The bottom line is this: as far as these exchanges go, there is no such thing as local control. Let's keep up our promises to voters by passing this law and prohibiting the State of New Hampshire from creating a state exchange that would be the nail in the coffin of the New Hampshire Advantage.”

Rep. Andrew Manuse, House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee

“Exchanges were installed as a ruse to trick State Legislatures into voluntarily accepting the terms of Obamacare, which are otherwise unconstitutional, and to also get state Legislatures to pay for the cost of the health insurance exchange program starting in 2015.

"President Obama used 'local control' rhetoric to encourage states to do all the dirty work of implementing Obamacare for him. His analysis assumed that states would want to adopt their own exchanges to try and maintain control of health care, but in reality, all they would be doing by adopting a state exchange is agreeing to pay for the cost of administering the exchange after a certain year. Thus, the federal cost would be minimal because the major costs would be downshifted to the states. The federal government would maintain control, either way.

"Most importantly, rejecting these state exchanges will add New Hampshire to the list of states opposing this unconstitutional law. By doing this, it doesn't matter how the Supreme Court rules on this law. Because of flaws in the way federal exchanges would be implemented by the law, Congress would have to reopen the law to make changes, and this will give policymakers an opportunity for a better and affordable market-based health reform effort to be advanced.”


NH House leadership statement on passage of HB 309, regarding the Repeal of Health Insurance Mandates

The following statement was issued by New Hampshire House Leadership today following the House vote (229-133) to pass HB 309, regarding the repeal of health insurance mandates.

Speaker of the House William O'Brien:


“Repealing health insurance mandates will reduce the cost of healthcare to individuals and businesses in the right way as opposed to how Washington intends to provide healthcare, which is to force Obamacare on our citizens with individual mandates. The bill repeals seven insurance mandates, which will help out our small businesses that have a hard time paying for healthcare to their employees because they cannot afford it. The extra savings from premiums may even mean there is more money in the pockets of our small business owners to create more jobs.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt:  



"I applaud the committee for their hard work over the summer in coming up with legislation that will lessen the impact that mandates have on the small group and individual markets by implementing utilization review to insure that any mandate is not abused.  As amended, this bill will make insurance coverage for midwives optional while clarifying the coverage for hearing aids.  As Republicans we support the repeal of any mandate that will drive up costs and hurt our business community.  Excessive mandates are de facto taxes on employers and consumers that stifle job growth, hamper innovation, and postpone investment in the economy."


NH House Leadership Statement on the Passage of SB 148, Healthcare Mandates

The following statements were issued today following the passage of SB  148. 

House Speaker William O’Brien:

“A mandate that New Hampshire citizens must purchase health insurance or pay a fine or be thrown in jail is an affront to our values.  This bill ensures that no resident will be forced to buy goods against their will.  This legislation is a clear repudiation of the Obamacare mandate and we will join the many states who have told the federal government that we won’t accept their overreaching attacks on our freedom,” said 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. New Hampshire stands ready to do its part in rejecting this unconstitutional mandate,” said Bettencourt.