NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Outcome of Special Session

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) released the following statements following the House and Senate votes on Special Session House Bill 1, relative to Medicaid expansion. House Democrats passed the bill by a 198-146 vote. The Senate bill was tabled and the Senate voted 13-11 to kill the House bill.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The Democrats’ Obamacare Medicaid expansion plan provided nothing in the way of financial safeguards, cost-control or cost-sharing. Proponents never suggested how we pay for this entitlement expansion that could cost state taxpayers tens of millions of dollars per biennium, in perpetuity. Republicans offered a number of reasonable amendments in an attempt to fix this flawed bill that were all rejected by the Democratic majority. This plan has no provisions to ensure our exposure to fiscal catastrophe is minimized. The Democrats’ proposal was nothing but an attempt to expand an out-of-control Obamacare Medicaid entitlement program. This is not the New Hampshire way. New Hampshire simply could not afford to pass this legislation.”


House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“Today, fiscally-prudent Republicans joined 26 other states and decided not to participate in a federal program that dramatically increases spending with no caps and no taxpayer protection.  Expanding Obamacare would have cost the state an additional $40-45 million each biennium or more. This would have increased the state’s budget enough to require a new tax. In fact, this would have been the largest single expansion of government spending this state has ever seen.”  

“Republicans care about the people of this state and believe it is important that all its residents have access to affordable health care.  Expanding Obamacare is not the New Hampshire way to make healthcare more affordable or accessible for anyone. The results today reflect that sentiment.”