Hassan For Governor - Ovide Lamontagne's record on Medicare

We saw Ovide Lamontagne’s response to Maggie’s press conference this morning and wanted to make sure you had Ovide’s record handy.  Has Ovide forgotten his many statements in support of block grants for Medicare? 

Also – a reminder that SB 505 passed unanimously 24-0 in the state Senate with the support of Republican Senators Jeb Bradley and Peter Bragdon. 

In op-eds, appearances and in interviews Lamontagne has supported plans that would result in block grants for Medicare. 

Ovide Lamontagne backs block granting Medicare.  In a Union Leader op-ed outlining his priorities if elected Governor, Lamontagne wrote that “I will also seek block grants of Medicaid and Medicare to deregulate health care, while working for free-market reforms to bring competition to our health care delivery system and insurance markets and ensure high-quality, lower-cost care and coverage for all.”  [Union Leader, 2/10/12]

Ovide Lamontagne supports block-granting Medicare.  In an interview with Congressional Quarterly, Lamontagne said “I want the federal government to block grant Medicare and Medicaid.”  [CQ Interview, 1/9/12]

Lamontagne Supported Ryan Plan, Pledged to Work With Him in Washington.  At a New Hampshire Farm Bureau event in August 2010, the following exchange occurred:

“Questioner: Which of the present US Congressman, whether it be in the Senate or the House do you most admire in the way they have conducted themselves?

Lamontagne: … Paul Ryan in the Congress. What an amazingly bright man who’s talking about what Republicans stand for. We’re not just a party of no. Or if you’re going to sue our state of Arizona we’re the party of hell no.  We’re a party of being proactive and Paul Ryan has got a great plan. It’s called ‘road map for America’. It’s on his website, you should check it out. It’s got entitlement reforms, strategies for balancing our federal budget. I’m gonna work with Paul Ryan, I’m gonna work with Jim DeMint, the new leadership of this party.”

[New Hampshire Farm Bureau Picnic, 8/11/10]