Concord - Following his latest heartless and offensive joke comparing the Affordable Care Act to a fatal and tragic commercial airline crash in San Francisco, Senator Sanborn should be removed from the recently established Medicaid Study Commission. Obamacare "is barreling down on us like a jet landing into San Francisco. It’s (laughter) it should make people really concerned," joked Sanborn. When offered the chance to apologize, Sanborn claimed his words were being "twisted." New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement calling for Sanborn's removal.
"Attacking affordable health insurance reform for working New Hampshire citizens with tasteless humor about a tragic plane crash that led to the death of two young teenagers and dozens of critical injuries clearly demonstrates Senator Sanborn's inability to approach this commission in the thoughtful and serious manner it deserves. Medicaid expansion is an extremely important issue to the people of New Hampshire. It would expand insurance coverage to 58,000 hardworking New Hampshire citizens, create 700 new jobs, and add $2.5 billion to the New Hampshire economy.
"Senator Sanborn's halfhearted non-apology only reinforces that he was an inappropriate choice for the commission. He is clear incapable of seriously considering any facet of the Affordable Care Act including Medicaid Expansion and both the health and economic benefits it could have for New Hampshire residents. Senate President Peter Bragdon and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley should condemn his vile joke, and replace him with someone who will act in the best interest of New Hampshire citizens and thoughtfully consider one of the most important issues facing our state this year."