With N.H. Taxpayers on the Hook for a Rising Price Tag, Will Democrats Reconsider Loyal Support?
Concord, NH -- Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives took another step toward the Republican's goal of stopping ObamaCare and its tax hikes, government expansion and prohibitive price tag. GOP leaders in the House of Representatives today passed a plan which would prohibit a state health insurance exchange and force Washington to repeal and replace the Democrats’ government-run health plan.
“When it comes to ObamaCare, the list of problems never ends,” said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. “It spends borrowed money, it raises taxes, in many ways it puts the government in charge and through these exchanges it eliminates choices for patients.”
ObamaCare requires states to establish bureaucratic exchanges that are regulated by the state and result in fewer options and less competition. States are required to implement these government-run health programs by January 1, 2014, or the federal government will do it for them. Speaker Bill O’Brien, Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt and Rep. Andrew Manuse have been leading efforts in the House of Representatives to stop these exchanges in the Granite State.
“If we can’t stop ObamaCare, taxpayers will be on the hook for even more government spending, and New Hampshire will be required to pay for it as increasing costs are shifted to states,” added Chairman MacDonald. “A recent non-partisan study already estimated that the original price of the Democrats’ health plan has ‘ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget.’”
The Associated Press reported last week that “Cost estimates for a key part of President Obama’s health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget, but administration officials say budget technicalities, not changes to the program, are to blame.” (The Associated Press, 3/2/2012)
“Knowing now that the price tag for ObamaCare continues to rise, I’d like to know if Democrat candidates like Annie Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter and Maggie Hassan regret supporting their party’s health plan,” Chairman MacDonald said. “Our federal deficit is out of control, and New Hampshire would be forced to pay a large portion of the tab for a bill that Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass to ‘find out what was in it.’”
As part of her efforts to muscle ObamaCare through Congress, Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” (Watch Video) Now that the facts show that it is actually worse than first imagined, where do Democrats stand on President Obama’s key initiative? A recent poll found that 53 percent of likely voters at least somewhat, if not more, favor the repeal of the plan. Forty-two percent strongly favor repeal.