NHDP - ICYMI: Medicaid Expansion Obstruction Is An Embarrassing Failure for GOP

Concord - In case you missed it, Senate Republicans refusal to compromise on Medicaid Expansion, pass any bill at all yesterday, or expand health care to thousands of working families is an embarrassing failure for New Hampshire Republicans who caved to their Tea Party ideology.  See coverage excerpts below:

WMUR: Analysis: Senate GOP bungles Medicaid expansion debate
"By the time the Republican-led state Senate tabled the last measure that would expand health insurance to an additional 58,000 of New Hampshire's poorest families, their leaders must have wondered if there was any silver lining or if it was all a political disaster..."

"...So Republicans were committed to finding a "New Hampshire way" to expand Medicaid and then said no one wants to do it after all, and now they want to do it again..."

"...Why they didn't just say from the beginning they weren't going to do it is beyond me," said one Republican operative. "They would have been hit for it, but at least it would have been consistent, if this is were they wanted to end up..."

Nashua Telegraph: Expanded Medicaid fails in NH, governor says ‘it’s the people who are hurt’ by Republican senators’ vote
"...The Senate meeting Thursday also marked a political embarrassment for President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, who failed to get all 13 of his GOP members to go along with the proposal..."

"...The Morse plan failed 14-10, which fared worse than the Senate Democratic alternative that lost 13-11, with all 13 in the minority party endorsing it..."

"...House GOP conservatives offered nearly 30 amendments to gut or significantly scale back the program and former House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, made repeated challenges to the authority of Speaker Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth, to take up the issue..."

AP: N.H. Senate blocks Medicaid expansion
"New Hampshire's Republican Senate rejected plans to extend Medicaid coverage to an estimated 49,000 low-income adults Thursday, ending hopes for expansion this year..."

"...Senate Republican leaders had the votes to reject plans offered by Senate and House Democrats, but not enough votes to pass a plan of their own. In the end, nothing passed...."

"...State Sen. Peggy Gilmour, a Hollis Democrat, argued the Senate Democratic proposal incorporated many of the principles sought by Republicans to ensure private insurance was used to provide coverage to most of the adults newly eligible for Medicaid. Gilmour pleaded with Republicans not to let the moment pass without authorizing health coverage for more low-income adults.  But Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro said the Democratic proposal did not satisfy Republicans...."