NH House Republican Leaders Comment on House Bill on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Medicaid Expansion Commission member Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare) offered the following statements relative to the unveiling of a House bill dealing with Medicaid Expansion that will be debated during the Special Session.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The Governor and House Democrats have proposed an expansion of a government entitlement program that will likely push New Hampshire towards a broad based sales or income tax. We should be looking to reform Medicaid, not grow its rolls by tens of thousands. We should strive to find more innovative and cost effective ways to provide access to healthcare in New Hampshire. Republicans will continue to suggest alternatives that protect taxpayers and increase personal responsibility measures.”

“The bill also has provisions outside of the Medicaid Expansion Commission’s recommendation and gives us even more reason to question the intention of the bill. The bill eliminates the Join Health Care Reform Oversight Committee. This committee is essential to maximizing transparency during the Obamacare implementation period.”

Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare)

"The Medicaid Expansion Commission majority proposal is compassionate, but it's unaffordable to New Hampshire taxpayers.  It would expand the Medicaid program to provide free health insurance for the working poor  --  that's compassionate  --  but it would make New Hampshire taxpayers responsible for an unlimited increase in the state's share of the costs  --  that's unaffordable.  The minority of the Commission recommended a better way, one that would provide health insurance but limit costs to the state's taxpayers.  I hope the full House will consider that more responsible approach."