Concord, NH— If Scott Brown had his way, 58,000 people across New Hampshire wouldn't stand to be receiving healthcare coverage under New Hampshire's plan to expand Medicaid, which Governor Hassan is signing today. Instead, Brown's repeated call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would take the country back to a time when insurance companies could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, put lifetime caps on care, and kick kids off their parents’ insurance. Brown's position puts him at odds with even New Hampshire Republicans who worked in a bipartisan fashion with Democratic leadership and Governor Maggie Hassan to expand Medicaid, giving 58,000 Granite Staters access to quality, affordable health insurance.
“If Scott Brown had his way, 58,000 people across New Hampshire wouldn't stand to be receiving healthcare coverage under a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "Brown’s ‘repeal’ agenda may work for the likes of Big Oil's AFP and Wall Street special interests, but here in New Hampshire, it would be devastating for 58,000 people. Brown should take a hint from Republicans who have been in New Hampshire for more than 3 months who are putting the best interests of Granite Staters ahead of pure political opportunism."
Brown's blanket call for repeal does, however, have him squarely in line with his special interest supporters who are spending millions to get him back in the Senate to do their bidding, including voting for special tax breaks for Big Oil companies at the expense of the middle class.
"Brown's blanket call for repeal may score him points with the special interest backers who are spending millions to get him back in the Senate but is wrong for New Hampshire. It's a shame he fails to understand that," added McClain.
Here in New Hampshire, Republican Senate President Chuck Morse praised the bipartisan Medicaid Expansion compromise as “a New Hampshire solution.” The New Hampshire Business and Industry Association announced support for expansion, citing that “health care providers aren’t reimbursed for treating uninsured patients, which ultimately impacts the amount cost-shifted onto other payers, such as businesses and their employees.” The state senate passed expansion with broad bipartisan support including the more than half of the Republican caucus. And Republicans Fergus Cullen and Rep. Herb Richardson have publicly stated that they have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, the latter even interrupting Brown’s speech in his home to tell him thatthe ACA has been a “financial lifesaver.”