MANCHESTER – Responding to Mitt Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan said that with Paul Ryan on the ticket, Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have a new partner in their attempts to dismantle Medicare for New Hampshire’s seniors.
“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Paul Ryan all share the same goal of dismantling Medicare, a program which is critically important to New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Hassan. “They want to let the legislature take over Medicare and strongly support Ryan’s plan to dismantle the program.”
“Medicare provides access to critical health care for tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens,” said Hassan. “I will stand up to the Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne Plan to dismantle Medicare and always fight to protect our seniors and all citizens from any attempts to restrict access to health care.”
Ovide Lamontagne has stood with Bill O’Brien and the reckless Tea Party legislature in calling for the state to takeover Medicare. Under the Ovide-O’Brien plan, the legislature would be permitted to 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.
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, while Ovide stood by. New Hampshire citizens cannot afford to stand by while Ovide Lamontagne, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan try to dismantle Medicare,” said Hassan. “I will stand up to anyone who tries to restrict access to health care for New Hampshire seniors.”
In a February op-ed, Ovide Lamontagne said the takeover of Medicare would be one of his top priorities as governor. Lamontagne has also expressed support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, which would make seniors pay more for health care and put private for-profit health insurers in charge of their care. Other advocates have deemed this proposal “revolutionary” – and that’s exactly what it is: a revolutionary change that would take away health care for New Hampshire seniors.
Lamontagne backs block granting Medicare. In a Union Leader op-ed outlining his priorities if elected Governor, Lamontagne wrote that “I will also seek block grants of Medicaid and Medicare to deregulate health care, while working for free-market reforms to bring competition to our health care delivery system and insurance markets and ensure high-quality, lower-cost care and coverage for all.” [Union Leader, 2/10/12]
Lamontagne supports block granting Medicare. In an interview with Congressional Quarterly, Lamontagne said “I want the federal government to block grant Medicare and Medicaid.” [CQ Interview, 1/9/12]
Lamontagne Supported Ryan Plan, Pledged to Work With Him in Washington. At a New Hampshire Farm Bureau event in August 2010, the following exchange occurred:
“Questioner: Which of the present US Congressman, whether it be in the Senate or the House do you most admire in the way they have conducted themselves?
Lamontagne: … Paul Ryan in the Congress. What an amazingly bright man who’s talking about what Republicans stand for. We’re not just a party of no. Or if you’re going to sue our state of Arizona we’re the party of hell no. We’re a party of being proactive and Paul Ryan has got a great plan. It’s called ‘road map for America’. It’s on his website, you should check it out. It’s got entitlement reforms, strategies for balancing our federal budget. I’m gonna work with Paul Ryan, I’m gonna work with Jim DeMint, the new leadership of this party.”
[New Hampshire Farm Bureau Picnic, 8/11/10]