NH House Leaders Comment on Bill to Repeal Ban on State Operated Health Care Exchange

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) today offered the following comments relative to the public hearing on HB544, legislation that would repeal measures passed by the previous legislature that prohibits the state of New Hampshire from planning, creating, or participating in a state health care exchange.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The Josiah Bartlett Center estimates that the cost of running a state health care exchange will be between $10 million and $20 million a year, and not one penny will be paid for by the federal government.  Not only will ObamaCare be unaffordable for our citizens, but for state taxpayers as well.  Given the costs associated with this federal takeover of the country’s health care system, there is no way New Hampshire taxpayers should get stuck with an unfunded mandate to put this deeply flawed law into place.  We support New Hampshire taxpayers, we support New Hampshire businesses and workers and we will take the steps necessary to ensure current law stands.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“HB 544 opens the door to tens of millions of dollars in increased costs for New Hampshire. We mustn’t let this massive government takeover of our healthcare system intrude even deeper into our own state budget. We should not be forced to choose between costs associated with starting and maintaining a state exchange over other state programs. HB 544 enables the growth of government and could cost the state money we just don’t have right now. If the federal government wants something, they need to pay for it.”