Manchester--Today, Kevin Smith, Republican candidate for governor in New Hampshire, made the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, also known as ObamaCare:
"Although I'm disappointed that the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, I'm encouraged that they struck down the expansion of Medicaid that would have been the precursor to a single-payer plan and bankrupted the states. This reinforces the fact that we need to focus on controlling health care costs, and not on over-regulating the health insurance system. It also reaffirms Medicaid's status as a state and federal partnership, and prevents a federal takeover of a system that is best managed by the state.
"It's at the state level that the most innovative delivery of services for our most vulnerable citizens takes place. New Hampshire can most effectively and efficiently provide health care to its citizens. As Governor, I will work to protect the integrity of the Medicaid system and ensure that New Hampshire is providing a health care safety net for its neediest citizens."