Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter

State Senate Commerce Committee rejects legislation that would have moved New Hampshire towards a partnership healthcare exchange under Obamacare

The Senate Commerce Committee voted 3-2 against HB 668 this week, which would have moved New Hampshire towards a partnership healthcare exchange under Obamacare. Citizens for A Strong New Hampshire applauds the Senate Commerce Committee's decision to reject HB 668.


In 2012, HB 1297 was signed into law by Governor Lynch. HB 1297 prohibited the state of New Hampshire from planning, creating, or participating in a state health care exchange. The bill also established guidelines for interaction with a federally-facilitated exchange created for New Hampshire.

 

We are encouraged by the Senate Commerce Committee's recommendation to reject HB 668 and prevent New Hampshire from moving towards a state partnership exchange under Obamacare.

This piece of legislation was just another attempt by Governor Hassan to circumvent last year's law against creating a state healthcare exchange. In addition, this 'exchange' has been reported to only include one provider, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, thus implementing a state run monopoly.

 

The bill will be voted on by the entire State Senate next week.
 
 

New Hampshire House rejects legislative oversight in approval process of state union contracts

On Tuesday, the House voted 191-135 rejecting SB 153, a bill that would have offered legislative oversight through the fiscal committee with collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state.

 

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire was disappointed that the House was unwilling to include the fiscal committee into collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state. This bill would have required the state to follow the same approval process that is expected at the county and local levels and would have provided integrity and transparency into the process.

 
 

Join Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire for a visibility at Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Town Hall meeting next week

After months without public events for Granite Staters to ask Senator Jeanne Shaheen the tough questions, she will finally be attending a Town Hall meeting next week in Manchester and Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire will be there to fight for the issues we believe in.  

We are asking you to join us for a visibility outside of Senator Shaheen's Town Hall to call on her to support policies that create jobs, lower taxes and improve the economy.

When: Friday, June 7th from 10:30am - 11:30am 
Where: Saint Anselm College, Institute of Politics 
100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102

Please RSVP if you can attend to Kristin@strongnh.com    
 
 

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