RNC - Obamacare By The Numbers In New Hampshire

From rising premiums, to harming businesses and costing jobs, ObamaCare is wrong for New Hampshire and the country, and the American people know it – a New York Times/CBS poll out today shows just 36 percent of Americans approve of ObamaCare while 47 percent disapprove. 

We here at the RNC wanted to remind everyone what ObamaCare actually means to New Hampshire and to each state in the United States as a whole. Please see below for more information:

See the RNC Research piece,  #ObamaCare: No Cause For Celebration, here:  http://bit.ly/H4TL60

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Seeing “Out Of Control” Insurance Premiums

In 2011, Clients Of New Hampshire-Based E&S Insurance Services Saw Health Insurance Premium Increases Between 15 And 17 Percent. “‘Our clients are seeing increases of 15–17 percent,’ says Eleanor Spinazzola, owner of E&S Insurance Services. She says more employers are passing on those higher costs to their employees.” (Rachel Gotbaum, “New Hampshire’s Small Employers Grapple With Higher Health Insurance Rates,” NPR State Impact, 9/30/11)

  • “‘It’s Out Of Control,’ Says Kevin Boyarsky Owner Of Print Solutions In Concord. ‘Our Premiums Went Up 28 Percent This Year.’” (Rachel Gotbaum, “New Hampshire’s Small Employers Grapple With Higher Health Insurance Rates,” NPR State Impact, 9/30/11)

“In Some States Like New Hampshire, Groups Of More Than 20 Workers Have Experienced Premium Increases Of Around 20 Percent This Year, While Smaller Groups Have Seen Increases Of 40 Percent Or More.” (Robert Pear, “Insurers Told to Justify Rate Increases Over 10 Percent,” The New York Times, 5/19/11)

ObamaCare Squeezing New Hampshire’s State Budget

ObamaCare Will Cost New Hampshire $177 Million By The End Of The Decade. “Several of the health care reform proposals currently circulating in Congress would require all states to extend their Medicaid coverage to residents who earn less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or $29,300 for a family of four, the Concord Monitor reported. Currently, New Hampshire offers Medicaid coverage to pregnant women, low-income children and low-income parents if the family income is less than 63 percent of the poverty level, or $13,900 for a family of four. The new limit would make about 83,000 additional citizens eligible for coverage, costing the state of New Hampshire an estimated $177 million over the program’s first six years, the Monitor reported.” (Lauren Vespoli, “Gov. Comes Out Against Expansion Of Medicaid,” The Dartmouth, 10/16/09)

Gov. John Lynch (D-NH) “Raised Concerns” About The Costs Of ObamaCare. “Gov. John Lynch, D-N.H., has raised concerns about potentially costly Congressional health care reform proposals to expand Medicaid. Medicaid costs for the state have already risen due to the economic downturn, and Lynch believes they will increase further with the proposed reform measures, Collin Manning, Lynch’s press secretary, said in an interview with The Dartmouth. Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for low-income individuals and families, has seen increased demand this year due to the economic downturn. ‘It’s a burden — we simply can’t absorb these costs in good times, let alone right now,’ Manning said.” (Lauren Vespoli, “Gov. Comes Out Against Expansion Of Medicaid,” The Dartmouth, 10/16/09)

Thousands Of New Hampshire Seniors Dropped From Medicare Advantage

7,600 New Hampshire Seniors’ Medicare Advantage Plans Were Discontinued Due To “Pending Funding Cuts And Provisions Within The New Health Care Law.” “Many local Medicare Advantage users are being left in the lurch by their health plan providers. About 7,600 seniors in Rockingham, Carroll, and Hillsborough Counties received notice earlier this month that their Medicare Advantage coverage is being discontinued. New Hampshire has one of the highest percentages of Medicare Advantage enrollees in New England. … Pending funding cuts and provisions within the new health care law will make it impossible for providers to continue providing Medicare Advantage plans and remain solvent, he said.” (Julie Hanson, “Medicare Questions Just Keep Coming,” Union Leader, 11/30/11)

ObamaCare Harming New Hampshire Ski Resorts

ObamaCare Hits New Hampshire Ski Resorts, Which Will Face "As Much As $1 Million In Fines." "The assessment is $2,000 per employee, which, according to SkiNH lobbyist Bruce Berke and group president Alice Pearce, could mean as much as $1 million in fines to the big ski resorts, some of which hire as many as 500 seasonal workers. Also affected would be any business that hires on a seasonal basis, and, like most nationally, do not offer health insurance." (John DiStaso, "Granite Status: Ski Resorts Worry Health Care Reform Will Have Chilling Effect," The Union Leader, 3/25/10)

·         Forcing New Hampshire Ski Resorts To Either Cut Jobs Or Raise Prices. “Otherwise, Pearce said, it will be up to each ski resort (and presumably, seasonal attractions statewide) to figure out how to handle it. The choices are pretty clear, either increase prices or cut costs, which could mean hiring fewer workers next winter.” (John DiStaso, "Granite Status: Ski Resorts Worry Health Care Reform Will Have Chilling Effect," The Union Leader, 3/25/10)