Panel Will Discuss N.H.'s Best Options to Continue Fight to Repeal or Amend Obamacare
In a continuing effort to lead the conservative opposition to President Obama's health insurance overreach, the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire will host a forum next week to identify which actions the next N.H. Legislature should take to continue the fight to repeal or amend Obamacare.
“In 2011 and 2012, the RLCNH was at the forefront of promoting successful legislation resisting Obamacare and nullifying its effects on New Hampshire's citizens,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “We hope to again lead the effort in the next session to make sure New Hampshire continues to resist the law and also sends a strong message to Congress that this is a law that must be repealed or amended, and that's what this forum is about.”
The forum, “Resisting Obamacare: State and Federal Responses to an Unjust Law,” will be held at 6 p.m., July 19, 2012, in the Humanities Room of the Library at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H. To clarify, the forum, which is co-sponsored with Cornerstone Policy Research, First Principles, and FRCAction, is taking place next Thursday—not tomorrow.
Panelists for the Thomas More College event on Thursday, July 19, are N.H. House Speaker William O'Brien, who will discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and its implications for New Hampshire; N.H. Rep. Andrew J. Manuse, also executive secretary of the RLCNH, who will discuss New Hampshire's nullification efforts in the current session and what needs to be done to keep up the opposition effort in the next biennium; and Connie Mackey, president of FRCAction PAC, who will discuss the next steps that need to be taken at the federal level to repeal or amend Obamacare.
William Fahey, president of Thomas More College, will give an introductory speech that will likely touch on President Obama's effort to force churches or church-owned organizations to violate their own religious tenets.
In the 2011-2012 session, the Legislature passed and the RLCNH supported HB 1297, a bill to prohibit the creation of a state health insurance exchange and hinder the federal government's ability to implement the law in New Hampshire; SB 148, a bill that nullifies the individual mandate; and HB 601, a bill that creates an oversight committee to control the activities of state department officials as they interact with federal agents on Obamacare's implementation.
In the 2013-2014 session, the RLCNH is recommending bills to clarify that SB 148 also applies to the court's new interpretation that the mandate is a tax; to reject any expansion of the state's Medicaid program; to resist implementation of a partnership health insurance exchange with the federal government and block any funding for it; and to eliminate health insurance mandates or at least make it legal for insurance companies to offer a mandate-free insurance package.
Earlier this week, RLCNH Chairman Carolyn McKinney published an op-ed outlining why Obamacare will be a state and federal election issue.
“The Legislature should continue to pursue free market ideas for health insurance that resist modern trends toward government regulation or control,” McKinney said in the op-ed. “One such transitional idea is a law that allows insurance companies to sell policies without all of the state or federal insurance coverage mandates, so long as they also sell policies that include all of the mandates. Hopefully, more free market ideas, such as eliminating all mandates so the free market can set the cost of true insurance at its market rate and let consumers decide what they want, will come later. Such choice in the market, despite any penalties for defying federal law, will attract companies and consumers who will pave the way for less expensive and more effective health coverage in the future.”
About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote the ideals of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and adherence to the N.H. and U.S. Constitutions among Republican Party officials and throughout the state by identifying and supporting candidates sympathetic with the organization’s ideals, and by supporting, through public education and outreach, initiatives in the N.H. Legislature that further these ideals. For more information about the RLCNH, please visit www.rlcnh.org.