Concord Monitor (6/4/13) reports that state Senator Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) revealed that Governor Hassan's office is reviewing a plan to expand Medicaid without legislative approval:
The Concord Monitor reported that during a press conference at the State House yesterday, State Senator Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) revealed that your office is secretly reviewing an illegal plan to unilaterally expand Medicaid. She indicated that your staff is quietly exploring ways to side step the duly-elected New Hampshire Legislature in your reckless attempt to implement this budget busting component of ObamaCare.
A reckless expansion of Medicaid will cost the state millions of dollars and burden future state budgets. If the federal government fails to completely maintain its commitments, New Hampshire will be saddled with a massive funding hole that could only be filled with a devastating sales or income tax.
Your actions are disgraceful, and raise very serious questions about the professional and ethical standards of your administration. Instead of working with the legislature to study the concerns relating to Medicaid expansion, you are exploring ways to violate state law. It is also outrageous that you decided to publicly disclose your illegal efforts to circumvent the legislature only after Senator Larsen made her comments. This is the kind of secret backroom dealing that we expect to see in Washington not in New Hampshire. It indicates that your administration is unwilling to be upfront and honest with Granite Staters about your efforts to implement massive new spending programs that could destroy the New Hampshire Advantage.
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Thank you for your attention to this matter.
New Hampshire Republican State Committee