Proposal, dubbed "Maggiecare," sought to fix costs on health care providers

MANCHESTER – Today, Kevin Smith, Republican candidate for governor of New Hampshire, called out Democratic candidate, Maggie Hassan, for her utter hypocrisy in stating today that the state needs "common-sense, mainstream health care solutions." 

While a state senator in 2010, Maggie Hassan proposed one of the most sweeping government-controlled pieces of health care legislation, dubbed "Maggiecare," which would have established a new government bureaucracy made up of three "health czars" whose responsibility it would have been to fix health care rates that hospitals and other health care professionals charged.  In addition, Hassan's proposed a new government entity would have also granted authority to itself to impose taxes on the income of these health care providers in order to sustain its own existence.

Commenting on the hypocrisy of Hassan's remarks today was Republican candidate, Kevin Smith: "If Maggie's idea of common-sense health care solutions are setting up government bureaucracies to fix costs of health care providers as well as levying new taxes on them, I can only imagine what some of her more "progressive" ideas are.  Maggie has entirely missed the boat on this issue.  Health care costs will not be reduced by more government intervention, but rather by allowing more competition into the marketplace, which is exactly what I have proposed doing as part of my New Hampshire's Future Is Now plan."

Smith continued, "Under my plan, businesses and consumers can purchase health insurance across state lines, and purchase alternative plans by allowing insurance companies to offer alternative packages without all of the state mandates.  I've also called for an end to the CON process which will allow greater competition into the marketplace which will only benefit consumers in the end."

Unlike Hassan's campaign, which has offered no solutions to date on how to reduce the cost of health care in New Hampshire, Smith earlier this month detailed his plan for addressing this area among others in Part II of his economic plan, NH's Future Is Now.