Josiah Bartlett Center - Picking Winners and Losers on the Obamacare Exchange

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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Picking Winners and Losers in the Exchange

The government-sponsored insurance plan offered through the Obamacare exchange has come under fire this week for leaving behind some of the hospitals in the state to provide a competitive advantage to the others. People naturally bristle at the government picking winners and losers through its plan, but the situation is more complicated than it first appeared.

Under the new federal health care law, every state must have an "exchange" to offer subsidized health insurance. The latest public relations spin would change the name of these exchanges to "marketplaces" but recent events have revealed they aren’t marketplaces and aren’t subject to market forces....Click here to keep reading.

Wanted: Grown Ups in NH Politics

Politicians Acting Childishly

In my grouchier moments, I often complain about how the New Hampshire Legislature wastes so much time and energy debating do-nothing resolutions, like designating the Official State Vegetable or Official State Color. These bills often stem from requests from Cub Scouts or elementary school classes, and I bemoan the fact that fourth-graders are in charge at the State House.  Click here to keep reading.

Curious where your Tax Dollars Go?
NHOpenGov is the Center's government transparency project detailing every last transaction made by the state since 2008. We update our data on a regular basis and have more than 3.5 million transactions in our database. Help us to find government waste! Click here to start looking.