NH House Republican Leader Comments on Passage of Democrats’ Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler offered the following statement following the passage of HB544 that, as amended, contains a plan to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare. The bill passed 182-154.


House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Whether or not you agree with this Obamacare Medicaid expansion proposal, attaching such an expansive piece of legislation to an unrelated bill is not the right way to approach any issue, much less something of this scale. House members had less than 2 days to read through and analyze this proposal, which in our opinion, differs significantly from what the House Democrats passed in November. This is not how we should do things in New Hampshire. Process is vital to the integrity of what we do.”

“Democrats will have a bill in the 2014 session that will address the same issue, and we will have an opportunity to thoroughly debate the merits of the policy. We see enough of this type of politics from Washington and we don’t need it here in New Hampshire. New Hampshire citizens deserve better.”

“There are many issues and questions still unanswered regarding Medicaid expansion. One recent study showed that in Oregon emergency room use by those covered under expanded Medicaid increased by 40%; exactly the opposite of what we were told would be a reduction in these types of uses. This is just one example of why New Hampshire should take the time to revisit this evolving issue, so we can come up with the right answer for New Hampshire rather than ramming this legislation through.”