CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statements on the passage of Senate Bill 219, which was amended to prohibit the implementation of healthcare exchanges in New Hampshire. SB 219 passed on a voice vote.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“Creating an exchange would only entrench ObamaCare in New Hampshire and serve as a contract with the federal government that the state agrees to pick up the tab for the healthcare mandate. Several times the House has asked our Attorney General to join the 26-state lawsuit against Obamacare. If we truly want to do this, we should not adopt a strategy that will make us complicit in the law we're trying to overturn. Soon we will know the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court and it makes no sense to waste taxpayer money in the meantime on a law that might not stand. Most importantly, rejecting these state exchanges will add New Hampshire to the list of states opposing this unconstitutional law.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“It is easier to repeal a theoretical bureaucracy than a real one. Obamacare says that the states must meet certain federal standards or give way to further federal takeover. The bottom line is this: as far as these exchanges go, there is no such thing as local control. We are keeping our promise to voters blocking ObamaCare every way we can here as it would be the nail in the coffin of the New Hampshire Advantage.”