Urges Gov. Lynch, Hassan to support proposal
KINGSTON (March 23, 2010) – Russell Prescott, candidate for New Hampshire Senate in District 23, praised the efforts of State Sen. Jeb Bradley for a proposed amendment to a pending bill currently in the legislature. Bradley’s amendment, which is modeled after landmark legislation in Virginia, would protect New Hampshire residents from punitive provisions in the health care bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress.
“The health care bill passed by the Congress earlier this week has many objectionable parts to it, but what may be most onerous to citizens of New Hampshire is the mandate that compels residents to purchase health insurance,” Prescott said. “There are numerous reasons that we should oppose such a proposal – from the lack of proof that it reduces costs to the intrusion of government in such a personal issue. However, the most important is that the U.S. Constitution does not provide for the federal government to do such an action.”
Prescott said that the arguments made by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli certainly apply to New Hampshire. “I believe that Congress does not have authority to impose the mandate under its powers to regulate interstate commerce. I also believe that the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states, ‘the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,’ certainly apply in this case,” Prescott said.
Prescott, the co-owner and vice-president of R.E. Prescott in Exeter, said that criminalizing people for not having health insurance is contrary to New Hampshire values and urges State Sen. Maggie Hassan and Gov. John Lynch to support the Bradley Amendment. “As a small business owner that provides 100 percent of health insurance to more than 20 hard-working employees, I am deeply concerned that the result of this federal overreach will make it more difficult for me, and other small businesses, to continue to do so,” Prescott said. “I hope Sen. Hassan and Gov. Lynch listen to the words of small business owners and their employees by supporting the Bradley Amendment.”