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Thursday
Aug022012

NH House Leaders Comment on Contraception Mandate Going Into Effect 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) offered the following comments on a controversial portion of Obamacare going into effect today mandating contraception coverage. The mandate requires health insurance companies to provide free contraception for women, including coverage of the morning after pill, to which many religious employers are morally opposed.

Though the Obama Administration called mandating the insurance company to pay, rather than the employing organization, a compromise—the employing organization would still be required to pay for such insurance plan or face a hefty fine from the federal government.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Individuals and groups who sought to escape the religious discrimination of Europe founded our country.  They enshrined the then novel and extraordinary concept of religious liberty in the First Amendment to our federal constitution.  Religious freedom became part of state constitutions.  To use the parlance of our times, religious freedom is in the DNA of America.

“In the New Hampshire constitution, religious liberty likewise is recognized as a state constitutional right.  Part 1, Article 5 of our constitution states, ‘Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason; and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained . . . for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience . . .’

“Those who would bring the religious discrimination of the old world to our country, along with its big government solutions, celebrate today a milestone in their journey—a journey that has been travelled so far by old Europe.  They have sought to obscure their war on religion by claiming it is a victory of expanding health care benefits.  They have argued that a government entitlement paid by others is more significant than those individuals’ right to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience.

“Obamacare promises financial disaster to this country.  But today we also see a clear example of how it will not just rob of us of our prosperity; it also will lead to a government that tramples on freedom.  According to those who support Obamacare, individuals can no longer say that they have well-founded and long-standing religious beliefs that prohibit them from buying medical services to end the lives of the unborn. 

“They must buckle to the dictates of those who first attack religion and then seek success in doing so by declaring that the reaction is a war on women.

“As legislators, it is our obligation to protect and vindicate constitutional rights.  It is our obligation to never forget and never abandon the principles upon which this country and our state were founded. We will continue, therefore, our opposition to Obamacare and its attack on religion. We will remind voters of their need to use the ballot box to reject these attacks on liberty. We will not abandon our goal of protecting in statute the religious freedom that is part of the DNA of New Hampshire and America.”

House Majority Leader Pete Silva

“Government should not be in the business of forcing people to pay for something against their religious teachings and beliefs so that people who do want it don't have to pay for it. Health insurance costs in New Hampshire are increasing at dramatic rates. New Hampshire businesses are seeing 60% premium increases. Much of those increases come from health insurance mandates and we don’t need even further mandates to drive the costs astronomically higher.  Earlier this session, Republicans passed legislation that repealed seven insurance mandates and this has helped small businesses to escape some cost increases. The extra savings from premiums means there is more money in the pockets of our small businesses hopefully to create more jobs.

“This is the right way to reform the health care industry. Obamacare is not. Imposing anti-religious regulations on churches, under the guise of ‘women’s rights,’ achieves no reduction of costs or availability of services and serves only to please those seeking to advance their social agenda.”

Monday
Jul092012

Attention Seniors - President Obama’s $8 Billion Obamacare Coincidence!

Perhaps you don't remember that $500 Billion to fund Obamacare was coming out of Medicare.

One area that will be eliminated is the very popular Medicare Advantage programs that help medicare recipients cover the portion of their medical bills that Medicare doesn't cover. Scheduled to be eliminated in October of 2012, this is obviously too close to an election to tick off the portion of the voters that are Medicare eligible. Something had to be done even if it means wasting $8 Billion on a program that they already knows doesn't work but will provide enough cover to delay the full implementation to well after this fall's elections.

Is this just a coincidence? In politics there are no coincidences, everything is carefully planned and executed!

 

Thursday
May312012

NH House Leaders Comment on Bill to Block ObamaCare Exchanges

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today offered the following comments after the House voted to concur with Senate changes to legislation (House Bill 1297) that would block the implementation of ObamaCare health benefits exchanges by state agencies.
 
House Speaker William O’Brien
 
“Implementing ObamaCare exchanges here would represent an unfunded mandate of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.  There is no reason to have any New Hampshire citizens waste one penny of their state tax dollars on putting this disastrous policy in place.  This bill makes clear that our state will not participate in bringing ObamaCare here.”
 
House Majority Leader Pete Silva
 
“We certainly hope that the Supreme Court throws the entire ObamaCare scheme out next month.  While we wait for their ruling, however, we need to take the steps to ensure that our taxpayers won’t be on the hook for the costs of this attempt to have the federal government take over health care.

Thursday
Mar292012

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.”

Friday
Mar092012

NH House Leaders Comment on Bill Blocking Implementation of Obamacare in New Hampshire

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."

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