Hassan Will Work to Protect Health Care for New Hampshire Seniors
MANCHESTER – Marking Medicare’s 47th birthday today, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan pledged to protect health care for seniors and launched a petition opposing Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Bill O’Brien’s proposal for a state legislative takeover of Medicare.
“Medicare provides access to critical health care for tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens. As Governor, I will stand up and protect Medicare for our seniors and access to health care for all of our citizens,” said Hassan.
Hassan’s Medicare petition can be found at www.maggiehassan.com/medicare.
“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Bill O’Brien want to make this Medicare’s last birthday. The Ovide-O’Brien Plan calls for the state legislature to take over Medicare, and the Ovide-O’Brien plan would let the legislature increase health care costs on seniors by $6,000 or more a year, change eligibility rules and deny access to services. Our seniors can’t afford the Ovide-O’Brien plan for Medicare,” said Hassan.
Ovide Lamontagne has said that one of his top priorities as Governor will be to push to get the federal government to “block grant” Medicare and allow the legislature to run it. The House has already passed a bill called for Congress to create an “Interstate Health Compact,” which would allow the legislature to run Medicare.
“This legislature has already cut health care for people with disabilities, children and seniors in nursing homes. Now Ovide Lamontagne and Bill O’Brien want to run Medicare? We need to stop them,” Hassan said. “I am launching an online petition today so that people across New Hampshire can join me in making clear to Ovide Lamontagne and Bill O’Brien that we want them to keep their hands off Medicare.”
In April, Hassan, Rep. Donna Schlachman, and former Rep. Paula Bradley held a press conference to speak out against the Lamontagne/O’Brien supported legislation that would allow the New Hampshire legislature to take over and cut Medicare for seniors.