NH Sen. Bradley Statement on Commerce Committee Vote to ITL HB668

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the following statement today after the Commerce Committee recommended HB668 Inexpedient to Legislate, effectively ending any possibility of state involvement in Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) health care exchanges:

“Last year, Governor Lynch signed legislation prohibiting the creation of a state-based health care exchange under ObamaCare.  Contrary to the clear intention of that law, Governor Hassan and the Insurance Department have nevertheless been leading the state towards an ObamaCare exchange.  Today’s vote in the Commerce Committee makes it clear New Hampshire will not be directly involved in the establishment or operation of a health care exchange in the state.  Joining the federal government in this scheme will leave New Hampshire taxpayers and businesses on the hook for implementing the federal government’s health care takeover plans with little or no control over the direction it takes here in the state.  

Similar to the Finance Committee’s decision on delaying any expansion of Medicaid until the issue is better understood, today’s vote in the Commerce Committee puts New Hampshire in line with 26 other states that have chosen to put the brakes on state involvement in ObamaCare exchanges because of the ongoing confusion about what this new entitlement will mean to taxpayers, businesses, patients and providers.”