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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."


ALG Comm. Director Asks Obama to Explain "Unusual" Acme Insurance Story

February 26th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government Communications Director Carter Clews today asked President Barack Obama to explain a "rather unusual" story Obama told at Thursdays' health care summit about his dealings with a fictitious Acme Auto Insurance company.

During the White House meeting, Obama related a story from his post-college graduation days in which his "junker" was allegedly rear ended by another driver. According to  Obama, when he called to get his car repaired, the "Acme" auto insurance company "laughed at" him.

In response to the Obama story, Clews sent the following email to the President through the White House web site:

"During your health care summit, you told a rather unusual story about being "laughed at" when you called your auto insurance company about your post-college "junker" being rear-ended. So, I have to ask you four questions: (1) Did you have collision insurance? (2) Did you know that liability insurance does not pay for your own car, (3) Didn't you know that when you are hit the other guy pays, and (4) Do you actually know as little about health insurance as you obviously do about auto insurance? I'll look forward to your response. And please make it short and to the point. Thanks."

Said Clews later, "Mr. Obama's story is more than a little disturbing – not to mention preposterous. There are really only four conclusions to draw from it. Either the youthful Obama had no insurance, he only had liability insurance, he didn't know that when you get hit the other guy pays – or, quite frankly, he told a totally manufactured tale to all of the assembled members of the Senate and House, not to mention millions of Americans watching on TV.

"If it was any one of the first three possibilities, it's no wonder the insurance company laughed at him. And if it was the latter, the man is delusional. Let's just hope he knows more about health insurance than he does auto insurance."